The Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF) tasked AFNC to develop an educational approach to make basic negotiation skills an Air Force corporate capability. On 28 September 2015, the Secretary signed the memorandum, Air Force Negotiation Initiative, directing Air University (AU) and AFNC to address three areas:
1. Educate 36,000 Airmen leaders annually.
2. Deliver appropriate cross-cultural negotiation training for deploying Airmen through Expeditionary Readiness Programs.
3. Leverage transformation initiatives championed by AU, and collaborate with the Air Force Judge Advocate (AF/JA) and other agencies to develop the tools and training needed to make negotiations an enterprise capability.
The result of this memorandum expanded AFNC’s role in providing negotiation skills to the Total Force. To support the establishment of negotiation skills as a corporate capability, the Air Force General Counsel (SAF/GC), which is responsible for implementing ADR in all Air Force workplaces, had previously established a 2013 Memorandum of Agreement with AFNC to incorporate Air Force-wide ADR education into its mission.