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Defense Acquisition/ Program Management

Budgeting for Defense

Provides an advanced understanding of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) system in the defense acquisition system. Executive and legislative branch(es)/parliamentary budget processes are explored to better understand the impact on the Ministry of Defense (MoD), specific programs or projects, and the dynamics of competition over resource allocation priorities.  Management principles and budget formulation for life cycle of systems is also examined.


Financial Management for Acquisition Managers

Provides an advanced understanding of financial management practices and issues associated with national defense department/MoD acquisition programs.  Emphasis is placed on the following areas: (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

Provides an advanced understanding of the underlying concepts and analytical processes involved in addressing excess defense infrastructure (e.g. industrial facilities, military bases, and associated support personnel and functions) in the 21st century.  Working group projects focus on developing a baseline strategic plan for review and implementation.  Emphasis is placed upon addressing a wide range of issues that involve various stakeholders (e.g., government leaders, both military and civilian, and private sector counterparts) to most effectively manage defense infrastructure.


Principles of Defense Acquisition Production and Quality Management

Provides an advanced 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

Examines the fundamental principles of defense systems acquisition and program management by examining acquisition policy issues; planning, programming, budgeting, and execution (PPBE) 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 are 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

Provides an advanced understanding of the underlying concepts, fundamentals and philosophies of the systems acquisition process and the practical application of program management methods within this process.  Management characteristics and competencies, control policies and techniques, systems analysis methods, and functional area concerns are examined. Techniques for interpersonal relationships are demonstrated in working group exercises. 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.


Program Management Policy and Control 

Provides an advanced 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

Examines 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

Focuses on 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.


Test and Evaluation Management

Provides an advanced understanding of 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.  Participants will develop a detailed test plan.