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Defense Program Management

Budgeting for Defense

This course is offered to develop students’ capability to understand and manage the planning, programming, budgeting and execution system as it relates to the defense acquisition system. The roles of principal budget process participants in a specific nation are examined. Executive and legislative branch(es)/parliamentary budget processes are explored to understand the impact on the MOD and specific programs or projects.  Budget formulation and execution strategies are evaluated to indicate the dynamics of executive-legislative branch competition over resource allocation priorities. Students examine defense Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) process as it relates to budget formulation and execution.  Budgeting for life cycle of systems is examined.  Student teams develop solutions to a case study.

Financial Management for Acquisition Managers

This course is a study of financial management practices and issues associated with national defense department/MoD acquisition programs.  The course has emphasis on: (1) the resource management process flow from initiation of a new acquisition program through execution of appropriated funds (procurement and research & development accounts) for that program; (2) the executive/legislative branch approval and review process unique to procurement; and (3) cost estimation, analysis and evaluation as tools for effective, sound acquisition management.

Managing Defense Infrastructure

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the underlying concepts and analytical processes involved in addressing the general issue of excess defense infrastructure (e.g. industrial facilities, military bases, and associated support personnel and functions) in the 21st century.  The preferred method of delivery of this course is in a week-long seminar in residence at NPS Monterey.  The national delegates selected by a single country will work in a team environment in order to assist them in drafting a baseline strategic plan for eventual review and implementation in their country.  The focused program is designed to provide the small group of government leaders, both civilian and military, and their private sector counterparts with a broad understanding of the wide range of issues, and of the concerns of the many stakeholder groups involved that must be addressed in managing defense infrastructure.  The seminar is presented in a combination of classroom lectures, group discussions and case exercises led by a team of NPS faculty. Simultaneous translation is provided as required.

Principles of Acquisition Production And Quality Management

This course provides the student with an understanding of the principles and concepts of production and quality management in the defense acquisition environment. Topics include production techniques, tools and technology; cost estimating methods; process oriented contract administration; production planning and control; progress payments; producibility issues; quality assurance and control; and production/operations management.

Principles of Defense Acquisition And Program Management

This course introduces the fundamental principles of defense systems acquisition and program management by examining acquisition policy issues; planning, programming, and budgeting (PPB) processes; acquisition strategies; contractual decisions; and program management philosophies, issues and concepts.  The aspects of planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling within the program structure will be examined.  Key functional areas are explored including program management, research & development, test and evaluation, contracting, funding and budgeting, logistics support, systems engineering and legal issues.

Principles of Defense Systems Acquisition Management
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.

Program Management Policy and Control 

This course provides students with knowledge and understanding of major systems management control processes and tools, application of program management control systems; and the use of computer-based management information systems with emphasis on real world, practical systems for performance, cost and schedule control. Case studies involving program management problem solving and decision making in the defense acquisition environment are used.

Software Acquisition Management

This course covers the total program integration approach to managing software aspects of defense systems. Discussions include selection of a software life cycle management methodology, functional baselines, software development programs, software engineering, software requirements tools, and the systems engineering process approach to software design and development.  Case studies are used to explore the principles of acquisition and program management as they apply to defense software development efforts, with special emphasis on software management metrics (quality and process).

Strategic Planning and Implementation

This course is offered as either a course or seminar.  The focus is the study and analysis of complex managerial situations requiring comprehensive integrated decision making.  Topics include operational and strategic planning, policy formulation, executive control, environmental adaptation and management of change.  Case studies in both the public and private sectors are used.  Particular attention is given to strategic management in the military context of defense department/MoD organizations.  Short seminars (one or two days) for senior civilian and military executive-level leaders are also available.

Test and Evaluation Management

This course covers developmental (DT), operational (OT) and joint test and evaluation, including planning concepts and procedures frequently used in test and evaluation programs. Military cases are used for examples.  Topics include the role of test and evaluation in the systems engineering and acquisition management, DT and OT test planning, introduction to test design, conduct of tests, live fire testing, modeling and simulation, human systems integration, reporting of test results, range and resource issues, and lessons learned.  Student teams will develop a detailed test plan.

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