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Principles of Defense Acquisition Management (MASL P159200)

From Left to Right- IDARM Adjunct Faculty, Dr. Kenneth Allen and Mr. James Town, IDARM Program Manager, Dr. Elisabeth Wright, and IDARM Adjunct Faculty, LTC (Ret) Richard Zimmerman (USA)

Additional future course dates:  19-30 October 2015 and 7-18 March 2016.

IDARM offers a two-week “Principles of Defense Acquisition Management” course at the US Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California twice yearly.

Key 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





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.



U.S. Applicants should complete the form below to pre-register for a resident course. Attendance will be confirmed with receipt of the $500 USD tuition fee per course.  If the tuition fee is not received 45 days prior to the start date of the course your slot will be given to the next person on the wait list. Cancellation will result in forfeiture of tuition.

U.S. Applicant Registration Form

Please e-mail the completed registration form to


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