IDARM uses a phased approach for engaging with new partner nations by coordinating with military and civilian leadership and managers. The phased approach enables IDARM and the partner nation the opportunity to cooperatively and strategically customize program training plans.
Phase I – Information Exchange/Needs Assessment (in-country)
Program development begins with a survey of a nation’s needs in a specific resource management area. This phase involves IDARM program team members visiting the host country to meet with those executives and managers responsible for determining defense requirements and qualifications for acquisition program managers and decision makers. During a week-long period, the team will work to develop an understanding of the host nation’s defense priorities, policies and procedures and to establish relationships with acquisition managers in order to identify future program objectives and curriculum goals. After Phase I IDARM will continue to exchange via email with the partner nation and come to an agreement on the next Phase.
Phase II – Curriculum Development (in Monterey, CA)
If required, program design can be conducted at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Monterey, CA during Phase II. This phase affords partner nations the opportunity to review and discuss in detail the proposed curriculum for approval. Visiting delegates will be engaged in customizing and tailoring the proposed curriculum to best meet the needs of their country. In addition, briefings and visits with NPS faculty and other representatives will be arranged to enhance the delegates’ understanding of the defense acquisition process. IDARM understands this phase may not be feasible (e.g., limited resources) or necessary (e.g., the outcome from Phase I enabled IDARM and partner nation to move forward with program delivery) and to the greatest extent possible IDARM can communicate via email exchange with partner nations to agree on next steps for in-country program delivery.
Phase III – Program Delivery (in-country)
The graduate level program offering is delivered during Phase III as a Mobile Education Team (MET), workshop, seminar, etc. Duration of each program offering(s) varies depending on the country’s preferences and decisions made during Phase I and/or Phase II. In-country program delivery is highly recommended as it affords both parties increased opportunities to better understand and work more closely with one another on the key challenges associated with improving defense acquisition processes. Partner nations consistently programming Phase III events with IDARM have expressed a significant increase in their ability to utilize their resources with maximum effectiveness, thereby contributing to greater stability and self-reliance in the international security environment.