Defense Systems Acquisition Management Course Announcement

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is sponsoring an offering of the Defense Systems Acquisition Management (DSAM) course June 20-24, 2016, at the Westin Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, Arizona.

The DSAM course meets the needs of defense industry program managers in today’s dynamic environment, providing the latest information related to:

  • Defense acquisition policy for weapons and information technology systems including discussion of the DoD 5000 series (directive, instruction, and guidebook).
  • Defense acquisition, and reform and initiatives.
  • Defense acquisition procedures and processes.
  • The Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution process, and the Congressional budget process.
  • The relationship between capability needs determination, resource allocation, science and technology activities, and acquisition programs.

The course will include blocks of instruction in: Management in the Acquisition Environment, Acquisition Life Cycle Process, Challenges to Program Management, and Application of Acquisition Procedures. Taught by Defense Acquisition University (DAU) professors and other guest speakers, the course uses the same acquisition policy information provided to DoD students who attend DAU courses for formal acquisition certification.

Prospective DSAM students are industry program managers, assistant program managers, systems engineers, industry personnel serving on DoD Integrated Product Teams, and other personnel that must interface with DoD program offices involved in program development and execution.

The result of successful completion of this course is a comprehensive understanding of the environment and driving forces affecting program managers, which will significantly increase awareness and effectiveness in dealing with programmatic issues.

The course is also open to a limited number of government mid- to upper-level managers, tuition-free. Government personnel may apply the DSAM course towards fulfillment of government continuous learning (CL) points. DSAM counts for 34 CL points, or 3.4 Continuous Education Units (CEU). Attending a DSAM course does not provide any credit or equivalency toward Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act certification in any acquisition career field.

All course materials and handouts will be provided to students on CD ROM. Please bring a laptop computer that is equipped with a CD ROM with you to the class. If you do not have access to a laptop, please contact the respective meeting planner as soon as possible. There will be a limited number of laptops available for use through NDIA, so please call early.
For further information, contact Angie DeKleine, NDIA Operations, at or 703-247-2599. Register online for the March 2016 course offering at