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Principles of Defense Acquisition Management:

MASL P159200


IDARM offers a two-week “Principles of Defense Acquisition Management” resident course at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California bi-annually. Upcoming course dates are as follows:  

6-17 March, 2017

16-27 October, 2017

5-16 March, 2018

Course overview:

This course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the important concepts and challenges associated with defense acquisition and logistics decision making. The course provides a theoretical and practical examination of defense acquisition and logistics, combined with practical application of topics discussed during the course. Participants will examine the defense acquisition cycle from capabilities based planning through the contract formation stage.  International best practices are discussed along with the challenges of implementation.

Course objectives:

  • Provide course participants with an understanding of the important concepts and challenges associated with defense acquisition and logistics decision making.
  • Examine needs-based requirements planning along with the relationship among national security and military strategies and the acquisition and logistics systems.
  • Assist countries in their efforts to develop and institutionalize transparent, efficient, and effective defense acquisition and logistics systems.

Course topics:

This course provides a theoretical examination of defense acquisition and logistics, combined with practical application in a variety of national settings. Additionally, international best practices are discussed along with the challenges associated with implementation. It is taught by resident and adjunct faculty from both the School of International Graduate Studies and the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy of the US Naval Postgraduate School. Faculty lectures are augmented by presentations from distinguished practitioners who are subject matter experts in various topics within acquisition and logistics.

  • Defense Acquisition - Resource Management and Decision Making
  • Managing Complex Defense Projects
  • Multiple Objectives Criteria (MOC)
  • Systems Engineering
  • Capabilities-Based Requirements, Verification and Work Breakdown Structure
  • Link between Requirements & Statement of Work
  • Program Management
  • Supply Chain Management-Strategic Purchasing
  • Defense Supply Chain Management
  • Procurement Contracting Overview / International Contracting
  • Life Cycle Management
  • Case Study with Working Group Briefings
  • Guest Speakers
  • Reading Assignments with Discussions

Course participants:

This course is designed for US and international military officers and civilian equivalents of grades 04-06 who are engaged in a broad range of acquisition fields such as policy development, strategic planning, requirements definition, logistics, program management, procurement and contracting, budgeting and execution, and systems engineering. Countries are encouraged to nominate more than one participant.

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