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 email@example.com or 703-247-2599. Register online for the March 2016 course offering at http://www.ndia.org/meetings/602C/Pages/default.aspx.
2016–2017 Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Senior Service College Fellowship (SSCF) Program Announcement
The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Army DACM Office is pleased to offer the 2016–2017 SSCF program. The SSCF program will start in mid July 2016 at the following locations: Huntsville, Alabama; Warren, Michigan; and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
FY17 Defense Acquisition University (DAU) schedule build: The Army DACM Office is responsible for submitting the Army’s DAU training demand. Commands and program executive offices will be solicited mid-December via the official Army tracker system to host DAU onsites in FY17. The intent of the onsites is to bring localized required DAU training to the students to save on travel cost, and they are ideal for locations where a DAU main or satellite campus is not available locally. The FY17 schedule will be available for student registration in ATRRS AITAS (https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/aitas/) on May 12, 2016.
The Acquisition Requirements Roadmap Tool (ARRT) Suite is a collection of tools that help you build strategic elements of your acquisition documents by walking you through structured processes to help you ask and answer the right questions related to your acquisition. As you complete the process, the tool generates your work products in MS Word format for further editing and routing through the acquisition process.
Defense acquisition is complex and has its own language. The DAU Glossary of Terms and Acronyms has been updated into a convenient online format, to help you find the definitions you need. Download the Glossary at https://dap.dau.mil/glossary/Pages/Default.aspx.
Education is an important element of DAWIA certification. To help Defense Acquisition Workforce members meet the education requirements of the certification process, DAU academic partner, Purdue University, offers affordable, flexible, and quality online professional development through its NExT program of courses. Upon successful completion of each course, learners receive 5 Continuous Education Units, which can be applied toward certification requirements. For more information, visit http://landing.purduenext.purdue.edu/Purdue-NExT-Department-of-Defense.
To accommodate the rapidly expanding body of Additive Manufacturing (AM) knowledge, the Defense Acquisition University has upgraded and transitioned the AM website from underneath the Logistics Community of Practice (LOG CoP) to a stand-alone, multi-disciplinary Additive Manufacturing Community of Practice (AM CoP) on the Acquisition Community Connection (ACC). The shortcut link to the new AM CoP remains https://acc.dau.mil/am. This migration will better emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of these resources, provide a more intuitive construct, and accommodate the rapidly growing body of knowledge. Please check out the new site, let your colleagues know about it, and perhaps most importantly, use the Feedback link at the top of the website to let DAU know if you have recommended additions or new content.
Acquisition of Services DAU Training Courses (Feb. 3, 2016)
With the publication of DoDI 5000.74, Defense Acquisition of Services, we have fielded several questions about Services Acquisition training. We are currently working with the Services Acquisition office within the Office of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy on a training program for those involved in the Acquisition of Services.
CLC 056 Update (Feb. 16, 2016)
The Contracting Center deployed an updated version of CLC 056, Analyzing Contract Costs. Student feedback from marginal Metrics that Matter (MtM) scores from the first quarter of FY16 prompted this update. CLC 056 is a lengthy module at 17.5 hours and covers complex pricing topics, including statistical analysis. Many learners are apprehensive upon learning they must successfully complete this module, which is required for CON Level II certification. Professor Renee Butler (CON Learning Center of Excellence for Pricing) and Professor Ray Ward (CON Learning Director) discussed the numerical ratings and learner comments. After consultation with the CON Center Director, they concluded that changes were needed to address learner concerns. Most apparent was the “loop” feature built into the module when originally developed. Although requiring the learner to “loop back” through all relevant lesson screens for any missed knowledge assessment questions can be an important learning tool, it can be very cumbersome when taking a 17.5 hour-long module. Another issue that learners expressed was the time required to view and listen to the many video/audio elements throughout the module.