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Program Offerings

IDARM offers a wide variety of program offerings to our international partners. Each program offering is typically tailored to conform to the governmental structure and national acquisition processes in use in the host nation. Specific consideration is always given to the issue of civilian control of the military services and how defense acquisition processes must support the national security strategy in place within the nation. Our primary focus places emphasis on the following topics:

  • Multiple Criteria Decision Making - studying of methods and procedures designed to address the problem of balancing multiple, competing criteria for making decisions on what to buy.
  • Program Management - leading, facilitating, and ensuring the strategic planning, implementation, coordination, integration and evaluation of a program or project.
  • Life Cycle Management - managing systems from inception to disposal.
  • Interoperability - procuring items that meet national and alliance objectives.
  • Transparency - making decisions grounded in analysis and made available to the public.
  • Contracting - purchasing, renting, leasing, or otherwise obtaining supplies or services to include identification of supplies and/or services required, solicitation of sources, preparation and award of contracts, and phases of contract management.
  • Negotiations - planning and preparing for negotiations with an emphasis on negotiation of complex issues in a multi-cultural environment.

For planning purposes, IDARM program offerings typically run one to two weeks in length, depending on the subject matter being covered, and all are offered via Mobile Education Teams (METs). In-residence programs are conducted annually every fall and spring at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. We recommend a class size of 20-35 participants as we have found this maximizes the exchange amongst faculty and participants. Daily schedules can be varied according to specific requirements and the demands on the attendees themselves (e.g., daily classes which begin at 0830 and end at 1630, with short breaks, can often help to increase attendance by giving all participants the opportunity to manage work priorities). Facility requirements are the same for most METs, and translation of course materials and the need for interpreters can be addressed on a country-by-country basis.

For those countries who are considering a new IDARM program start, we kindly ask you contact IDARM so we may work with you on the arrangements for an in-country site visit. The in-country Information Exchange, also referred to as a Needs Assessment, provides both parties the opportunity to exchange information and meet with key personnel to better understand immediate priorities, current capabilities, and existing challenges and opportunities. The result is a tailored program that maximizes the benefit to the host country. Please visit the Phased Approach page for more detail.

The following table lists established IDARM program offerings. For METs with customized topics not indicated in the table below, please use MASL P309131:


Program Offerings Resident MET MASL#
Principles of Defense Acquisition Management X X P159200
Principles of Defense Procurement and Contracting X X P159202
International Defense Acquisition Negotiations X X P179069
SPANISH: Principles of Defense Acquisition and Contract Management X X


Project Management - Managing Complex Defense Projects   X P309104

Contracting For Pre-Deployment & Deployment Operations

  X P309136

Strategies For Building and Sustaining Accountability in Defense Resource Management Systems

  X P309210
Logistics and Life Cycle Management   X P309348
Ethics and Integrity in Defense Acquisition Decision Making   X P319036
Mobile Education Team (MET) Information Exchange/Needs Assessment   X P309130
Mobile Education Team (MET) Course Delivery   X P309131
Mobile Education Team (MET) Curriculum Development   X P309132



MASL number is used for programming with an E-IMET, or a FMS/ FMF training case.

Please contact the IDARM Program Manager for details about programming with alternate sources of funding.

Resident courses can be offered in-country as Mobile Education Team (MET) courses using MASL P309131.

To read more about IDARM recommended topics please visit the following links. Topics are arranged in three general career fields:

As is the case with all IDARM program offerings, the goal is to meet your specific requirements to the fullest extent possible. A Certificate of Completion Program is available to recognize participants completing a series of courses over a two year period.