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 443A - How Washington Works® – Navigating the DOD 

443A - How Washington Works® – Navigating the DOD 



Event Number

Event Date

 to 2/6/2014

Event Location
WBB, Inc.

Event Contact
Kimberly Williams, CMP at or (703)247-2578


Ever wondered how the Department of Defense (DOD) goes about buying something from start to finish? The How Washington Works® training course gives those who attend the understanding and insights into the processes that guide DOD  actions and decisions for the future. The two-day course is a fast-paced overview of the three principal DOD decision-making support systems and how they are used by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and USSOCOM to provide an integrated approach to strategic planning, capabilities needs assessment, systems acquisition, and program and budget development. How Washington Works® is ideal for those who are new to or routinely do business with the DOD. Participants will be provided the fundamental concepts and background of the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS), Defense Acquisition System (DAS), the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) process. Participants will then review how the individual Services and USSOCOM: implement the DOD processes through their requirements generation and justification, and PPBE organizations; have tailored internal processes; and what are their current strategic resource priorities. The course is taught by a cadre of highly qualified and experienced instructors whom have extensive prior government service (military and civilian) as well as continued expertise through ongoing consulting and technical services.

Course Details - The course is composed of the following training modules:

  • Capabilities-Based Planning/JCIDS:  Examines the DOD, Joint Staff, and service organizations and respective activities related to the capabilities-based planning process and the January 2012 changes to the Joint Capabilities Integrated Development System (JCIDS).  Who and when to influence the capability requirements processes in each of the services is discussed.  Examples are used to highlight the processes and how it really works day-to-day. 
  • Acquisition: Describes the organizations and processes associated with DOD 5000 and acquisition reform initiatives, contrasting theory from practice.  The material has been updated to include changes promulgated in the recently released interim DoD Instruction 5000.02.
  • PPBE:  Explains each element of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution process in detail, highlighting the process and the roles of service staff, Joint Staff, OSD, and Congress. 
  • Working with Congress:  Provides an overview of the organization of Congressional committee structure affecting DOD program and budget reviews, and explores the role of politics and personalities in affecting multi-billion dollar programs.
  • Military Services:  Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps modules examine the requirements generation and justification process, PPBE process, service organization, and the individual service strategic priorities.
  • Special Operations Forces:  Provides an overview of the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) organization, missions, and unique requirements, budget, and acquisition processes. 




Wednesday, February 5, 2014   
7:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am  Introduction 
8:15 am 

Joint Capabilities Integration and Development (JCIDS)

10:15 am  Planning, Programming, Budgeting & Execution
12:15 pm  Lunch
12:45 pm  DOD Acquisition Process
2:55 pm  Working with Congress
4:30 pm  End Day 1

Thursday, February 6, 2014   
7:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am  Army Requirements Process and Organization 
9:15 am  Navy Requirements Process and Organization
10:30 am  Marine Corps Requirements Process and Organization
11:30 am  Lunch
12:00 pm  Air Force Requirements Process and Organization
1:15 pm  U.S. Special Operations Command
2:45 pm  Wrap-up

Attire: Please plan to attend in business casual attire.


WBB, Inc.
11790 Sunrise Valley Dr
Reston, VA 20191
Tel: (703) 448-6081

Download/Print/View a map and driving directions to WBB.

WBB is conveniently located in Reston, VA just off the Dulles Toll Road between the Sheraton and Westin Hotels in Reston Heights. The class will be held in the WBB Multipurpose Room located on the first floor just beyond the elevators. The doors will open at 7:30 am.

Parking: Complimentary parking is available in the unmarked spaces around and under the WBB building. If parking under the building, please use the elevators to come up to the First Floor to enter the building.



We do not have a block of rooms for this event. However, please see below for area hotels. Both hotels are within walking distance of WBB.

The Westin Reston Heights
11750 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20191
Phone: (703) 391-9000

Sheraton Reston
11810 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20191
Phone: (703) 620-9000



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Registration Fees

Academia/Government: $1,595
Industry: $1,595
SOLD OUT - Small Business Reduced Price:  *$995 

*The small business category has reached capacity. The small business category is limited to 5 seats per class. Company size must be verified when registering. Only one person per small business company will qualify for the reduced rate. Small business may still register for this event; however, pricing will be at the industry rate.

Class size for this event is 50 attendees. We will maintain a waiting list once 50 registrations have been processed.

The registration fee covers the 2-day course, all course materials, breakfasts, lunches, morning and afternoon snack breaks, and all day beverage service. Registration payment must be made by credit card.

Cancellation, Substitution and Transfer Policy:
A $75 cancellation fee will apply to all cancellations received before January 23, 2014. Refunds will not be given for cancellations received after January 23, 2014.

Substitutions are welcome in lieu of cancellations. All cancellations and substitutions must be made in writing to


Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

NDIA POC: Kim Williams, or (703) 247-2578.


Affiliate Associations

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