The Department of Defense (DoD) is responsible for supporting national security through five core functions: Acquisition; Research & Development; Sustainment; Security Cooperation; Operations. When DoD identifies requirements or capability gaps to meet challenges it faces, answers are sought through the acquisition of goods or services. Acquisition solutions can be either “existing” or “new.”
Defense Acquisition Leadership Training & Development is a new course proposed by Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to equip DoD professionals with leadership skills to manage their respective portfolios successfully. The program also aims to improve the ability of acquisition professionals to manage and fight emerging global threats successfully.
Target Public: Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition professionals; Acquisition Action Officers, Managers and Supervisors; Contracting Officer Technical Representatives (COTRs); Program Managers/Directors/Officers in the Military Departments, Joint Commands and Agencies.
DAU course on a similar topic, Defense Acquisition Fundamentals Course of Instruction (COI), provides a foundation for newly assigned Department of Defense acquisition personnel. The proposed course is built on the foundation provided by existing DAU’s courses and builds upon them to give an overview of the knowledge required to manage a portfolio in DoD.
The course addresses topics that are critical to the success of current and future acquisition professionals. The topics include Leadership; Organizational Behavior; Communication; Teamwork; Decision-Making & Problem Solving; Ethics, Integrity & Professionalism; Career Development.
This course is focused on key leadership concepts and how it applies in the context of programs and portfolio management (further referred to simply as DoD acquisition). The intended audience comprises Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition professionals. It can also be taken by civilian employees who aspire to join the acquisition career field.