Mission Monday: Comparative Analysis

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BUCKLEY SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. – It’s Mission Monday. Meet Diane Park a financial analyst at the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Resources Directorate’s Comparative Analysis Division, here.

Park and her team provide expert, specialized financial analysis for decision support using data-driven analytics to ensure effective and efficient resourcing decisions while focusing on high-value analysis needs aligned with AFIMSC processes and priorities.  

We asked her to tell us a little more about her work and how it supports the missions of AFIMSC and the Department of the Air Force

What do you love about your job?
The best part of the job is the people that I get to work with! We have a very dynamic office and our leadership empower us to make changes and voice new ideas, so there’s tons of opportunities for us to collaborate and improve processes.   

When it comes to your job, what keeps you motivated?
We support customers all around the globe and every project is unique. The challenges of working projects with unique missions and requirements motivates me to keep learning and pursue opportunities where I can grow personally and professionally.

Why are you and your team important to the Air Force/Space Force enterprise/your customers?
In a nutshell, our job is to assist Air Force and Space Force leaders in making critical resource decisions that impact the overall DAF organization and missions. It’s important that we provide our leaders with impartial economic and comparative analyses with reliable data to consider all significant anticipated effects -- both financial and non-financial -- of a decision across the entire organization. 

Describe a project/event you and your team worked on recently that gave you a great sense of accomplishment:
We’ve worked on projects expanding child development center facilities on Air Force and Space Force bases, supporting the Air Force Civil Engineer Center in delivering facilities and infrastructure for the KC-46 and B-21 beddowns, improving permanent-change-of-station voucher processing with our financial services division and improving traffic at base entry points.

How does what you do support AFIMSC’s strategic priorities?
AFIMSC’s strategic priorities are at the center of every comparative analysis I’ve worked on. We provide comparative analyses and decision support for a wide variety of projects from upgrading weapons systems to improving dorms for Airmen and Guardians, to building partnerships with enterprise management teams and primary subordinate units.  

Is there anything else you’d like to add which might help people understand the importance of what you do for the Department of the Air Force?
Our division helps decision makers to understand the impact of their decisions from a broader perspective, taking into account reoccurring costs, indirect costs, non-monetary benefits and risks that may not be obvious when evaluating the investment cost alone. We strive to protect precious DAF resources to ensure every dollar is spent in the most efficient way possible.