This course covers the concept of integrated logistics support in the design and maintenance of weapon systems. Operational requirements, system maintenance concept, functional analysis, life-cycle costs, logistics support analysis, systems design, test and evaluation, production, spare/repair parts management are discussed. This course also covers topics in logistics information technology, inventory management culture and commercial-sector best practices for military. Case studies include logistics life-cycle cost, reliability and readiness analysis for major weapon systems.
Principles of Defense Systems Acquisition Managment
This course provides the student with an understanding of the underlying concepts, fundamentals and philosophies of the systems acquisition process and the practical application of program management methods within this process. The course examines management characteristics and competencies, control policies and techniques, systems analysis methods, and functional area concerns. Techniques for interpersonal relationships will be examined in team exercise settings. Topics include the evolution and current state of systems acquisition management; the system acquisition life cycle; user-producer acquisition management disciplines and activities; and program planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling. Case studies are used to analyze various acquisition issues.
Supply Chain Management
This course provides students with an understanding of the supply chain management process(es) which influence the efficiency and effectiveness of their military services’ logistics support functions and equipment/force readiness. Case studies are used to focus team attention on how an individual country’s defense supply chain operates within their internal national defense establishment and private sector provider network. Additionally, the course will cover the global external support/distribution chains (including alliance, host nation support, other services, international coalition partners and private corporations) and transportation logistics which provide required support to deployed forces.