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 DSAM Courses 

2017 DSAM Courses


2017 DSAM course schedule

January 2017:

  • Westin Annapolis, Annapolis, MD January 23 – 27, 2017
  • lease click to the course meeting page:  to view the current agenda, course registration fee, and/or instructions on how to register on-line (under the “registration” file tab)

March 2017:

June 2017:

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 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.
  • 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.

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, who are certified Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) level III in an acquisition functional career field, 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).

Attendance in a DSAM course does not provide any credit or equivalency toward DAWIA certification in any career field.

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.


The $2,625.00 tuition includes:

  • (5) five days of instruction,
  • substantial course materials,
  • continental breakfast daily,
  • (2) two hosted receptions (Monday and Thursday), and
  • morning and afternoon coffee breaks daily.


Defense Acquisition University

Mr. Richard Fowler currently serves as the Learning Director (Acquisition Law) for the Foundational Learning Directorate, Defense Acquisition University (DAU) since January 2008 and is DAWIA certified in Contracting Level III, Program Management Level III, and Facility Engineering Level III.  While in the private sector, Mr. Fowler was a partner in a Virginia law firm and represented various defense and construction contractors in federal acquisition matters.  He was also appointed as an administrative law judge to hear cases brought by employees of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Mr. Larry Leggett, Professor, Systems Acquisition Management; Learning Director, Program Management Certification Courses, Foundational Learning Directorate; 29 years military, 5 years civilian, 10 years DoD civilian; DAWIA Level III Program Management.

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.

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


For further information, please contact Angie DeKleine, Operations (703) 247-2599.


Affiliate Associations

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