Overview - Target Audience


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.


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