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 402A - Defense Systems Acquisition Management Course 

402A - Defense Systems Acquisition Management Course 



Event Number

Event Date

 to 1/10/2014

Event Location
Charleston Place

Event Contact
Miss Tia Pitt at or (703)247-9467


Important Note

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.


The Defense Systems Acquisition Management 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
•  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.

Taught by the 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.

Target Audience: 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).

Course of Instruction
Management in the Acquisition Environment

The first block of instruction will identify the major participants in the DoD acquisition process and their roles. It will cover the 3 DoD decision support sectors (JCIDS, DAMS, and PPBE) that comprise the DoD acquisition process.

Acquisition Life Cycle Process

This block will focus on the objectives, responsibilities, activities, interrelationships, and concerns of each phase of the system acquisition life cycle. This includes research and development, program initiation, and the transition from development to production. Instruction will cover the DoD 5000 series (directive, instruction, and guidebook).

Challenges to Program Management

This block covers diverse topics that are critical to the success of the DoD program manager. Students working in assigned teams will research and analyze these topics and will culminate in a short presentation to the entire class.

Application of Acquisition Procedures

This portion of instruction covers the specific application of the acquisition procedures  and the management issues currently facing the DoD program manager. The course will end with a detailed case study where participants develop an acquisition strategy using a program structure chart reflecting an instructor assigned acquisition scenario to carry an acquisition program through its entire life cycle.

Class Size

Plan ahead! The class is limited to 42 students, and registrations are accepted on a first paid, first enrolled basis.


This intense 4-1/2 day seminar presents current government acquisition programs and requirements and, through guided student interaction and team exercises, applies them to the realities of industry operations. In order for you to gain maximum benefit from this course and for others to gain from various perspectives and experience, all students are expected to fully participate in all scheduled course activities.  Therefore all travel arrangements should be made so that students are present until the course ends at 12:00 noon on Friday. Absences up to 2 hours may be granted with prior approval from the NDIA POC/DAU Instructors. Course completion certificates will not be provided to students missing more than 2 hours of the course.


For further information, please contact Tia Pitt at (703) 247-9467 or e-mail to



The following overall class schedule is provided for your planning. A detailed schedule will be provided in the classroom.

Monday - Friday, January 6-10, 2014

7:00 AM-8:00 AM (Registration Monday only) & Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM-12:00 PM Classroom instruction
12:00 PM-1:30 PM Lunch - On Your Own
1:30 PM-5:00 PM Classroom instruction (Course is complete by Noon on Friday).
5:00 PM-6:00 PM  Reception (Monday and Thursday only)



Charleston Place
205 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29401
Tel: (888) 635-2350

Charleston Place by Orient Express
205 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Charleston Place by Orient Express. In order to ensure the discounted NDIA rate, please call the hotel directly at (800) 831-3490 and reference the Defense Systems Acquisition Management Course. Rooms will not be held after December 06, 2013 and may sell out before then. Rates are also subject to increase after this date.

• Rate: $169 US (single/double)


Register Now Online!

Registration Fee: $1875

Download/View/Print the registration form and email it to Tia Pitt at

* Prospective government students must first contact Tia Pitt at (703) 247-9467 or email prior to registering.

The $1,875 tuition includes five days of instruction, substantial course materials, continental breakfast daily, two hosted receptions (Monday and Thursday), and morning and afternoon coffee breaks daily.

NDIA accepts commercial and personal checks, traveler's checks, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and cash. Please prepare accordingly. Fees are shown above and on the registration form.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations received on/before December 30, 2013 will receive a refund, minus a cancellation fee of $75. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after December 30, 2013. Refunds will not be given for no shows. Substitutions are welcome in lieu of cancellations. Substitutions and cancellations must be made in writing to Tia Pitt, Meeting Planner, at

Course Transfer *
There is an additional $75 transfer fee each time that you transfer to a new course. Please choose the course that you transfer to carefully as there are only three transfers allowed.  After this, your money will be forfeited and you will have to register and pay the entire fee again.


Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

NDIA POC: Ms. Tia Pitt at or (703) 247-9467


Affiliate Associations

The Association for Enterprise Information    National Training and Simulation Association    Precision Strike Association    Women in Defense