Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI)

Website

www.nps.edu/drmi

Executive Director

Natalie Webb, Ph.D.

Code DRMI/87, Halligan Hall, Room M5

(831) 656-2104

FAX (831) 656-2139

drmiadmin@nps.edu

Overview

The DRMI conducts professional education programs in analytical decision making and resources management for military officers of all services, and senior civilian officials of the United States and over 170 other countries. The DRMI was established in 1965 by the Secretary of Defense as an educational institution.

Our Approach

The DRMI faculty conduct programs that develop an understanding of and appreciation for the concepts, techniques, and analytical decision making skills related to defense resources management. We draw upon evidence-based research and practice from the fields of management, economics and decision analysis. Our goal is to enhance the effective allocation and use of resources in defense organizations.

The mission, objectives and responsibilities of the DRMI are set forth in Department of Defense Instruction 5010.35.

Programs Offered

Defense Resources Management Course - Four weeks in length; presented four times a year.

International Defense Management Course - Ten weeks in length; presented twice a year.

Senior International Defense Management Course - Four weeks in length; presented once each year; normally starting in August.

Human Capital Resources Management Course - Two weeks in length; presented once each year.

Introduction to Budgeting Concepts Course - Eight days in length; presented once each year.

Multiple-Criteria Decision Making Course – Two weeks in length; presented once each year.

Performance Management and Budgeting Course - Five days in length; presented once each year.

Risk Management Course - Two weeks in length; presented once each year.

Mobile Education Courses - Normally one to two weeks in length, for U.S. military services and defense agencies, and for foreign governments upon specific request and approval.

Courses for Other Agencies - Programs are from one to two weeks duration, resident or on-site, for non-defense federal governments upon specific request and approval.

DRMI Curricula

DRMI faculty prepare integrated curricula from many disciplines including management, economics and decision analysis. Each course requires course participants to understand and use the basic language and analytic tools that support some aspect of defense resources management.

All courses are E-IMET certified.

Course Descriptions

Resident Courses

Defense Resources Management Course (DRMC)

MASL P162002

Participants: U.S. and international military officers from all services grades O-3 and above; DoD civilians GS-9 and above and equivalent grade international civilians.

In this course, DRMI faculty integrate analytical concepts, principles, methods, and techniques drawn from the disciplines of management, economics, and quantitative methods, and apply them to decisions involving the allocation of financial, logistic and human resources. The faculty present a variety of analytical frameworks that will enhance the participants' competence at recognizing and evaluating the risks and tradeoffs that must be made among competing alternatives at both the strategic and operational levels of defense organizations.

The faculty teach this course using a mix of lectures, small group discussions, and real world case studies. This approach provides a dynamic learning environment designed to develop the analytical decision making skills necessary in today's challenging environment. The DRMI faculty use contemporary issues such as the global war on terror, regional and international instability, infrastructure protection, and multinational defense cooperation to illustrate the environment in which current defense resource allocation decisions must be made.

CPE credits: 116. Graduate education credit: 4 units (requires passing a test at the end of weeks 2 and 4, registering as a student at NPS and paying a registration fee). This course is also approved for DoD Financial Management certification.

Human Capital Resources Management Course (HCRM)

MASL P162018

Participants: U.S. and international military officers and civilians grades of O-3 and above, and defense-related civilians of equivalent rank.

In the Human Capital Resources Management course, the DRMI faculty introduce participants to effective strategic human capital management approaches that combine the need for transparency and accountability with the unique demands of the defense and security sectors. 

The faculty cover four central themes in this course. The first introduces relevant economic concepts needed to analyze labor/capital tradeoffs and the role of governments in economic systems. The second focuses on strategic planning for the work force including force sizing to meet capabilities and budgets. The third and fourth emphasize human resources integration and total force management. Specific topics covered include identifying and framing human capital issues; economics of military manpower; capabilities based human capital planning; policies and practices for force development: recruitment, screening, selection, training, education, compensation, promotion criteria; career planning and management; performance assessments; mediation and negotiation; salary and benefits; total force integration including active duty and reserve military personnel, civilian personnel, and private-sector contract personnel; and performance management.

The faculty teach the course using a stimulating mix of lectures, small group discussions and real world case studies. This approach provides a dynamic learning environment designed to develop the decision making skills necessary in today's challenging environment. A capstone exercise enables participants to use the information in the course to focus on and develop a human capital strategic issue of concern to their command.

CPE credits: 64. This course is also approved for DoD Financial Management certification.

International Defense Management Course (IDMC)

MASL P162003

Participants: International military officers grades of O-3 and above and defense-related civilians of equivalent rank.

The DRMI faculty provide a series of lectures in three major areas: economic and government environment in which defense allocations are made, quantitative analysis, and management, especially defense resources management systems in the context of strategy, implementation, and operations. A major curricular concept of this course is comparative resources management, i.e. the examination of how different countries allocate resources. In order to enhance the comparative aspects of the curriculum, the DRMI leadership encourages broad national representation with a diversity of both military services/agencies and civilian government officials. In addition to the small-group discussions that are a key part of the learning environment, each country's participants are required to give a presentation on national security issues faced by their country. These presentations allow for class-wide discussion of key security issues around the world.

During the course, the Field Studies Program allows the DRMI to conduct a field trip to select military and government agencies in the Washington D.C. area. This trip provides an opportunity for the participants to receive special briefings on management techniques and problems, and to observe actual practices at the operating level.

Introduction to Budgeting Concepts Course (IBC)

MASL P156600

Participants: U.S. and international military officers grades O-3 and above, and defense-related civilians of equivalent rank.

This course is an introductory course on budgeting principles and concepts. The course is intended to familiarize defense managers and analysts with actions and outputs required for successfully formulating, executing and evaluating budgets intended to accomplish higher-level goals and objectives. The course introduces public budgeting best practices and concepts, focusing on providing a basic-level understanding of how the execution phase of a resources management system, such as the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution System (PPBES), should link to strategic plans.

CPE credits: 50. This course is also approved for DoD Financial Management certification.

Multiple Criteria Decision Making Course (MCDM)

MASL P162012

Participants: U.S. and international military officers grades O-3 and above and defense-related civilians of equivalent rank.

In this course, DRMI faculty develop an approach to support management decisions in defense organizations. The focus is on practical application to management decisions involving many organizational objectives. The course places emphasis on formulating the problem, understanding the analytical process involved in evaluating potential solution alternatives, and interpreting the results of the analysis in support of choosing a solution. The faculty provide practical examples from defense resource allocation problems. Each participant must apply the multi-criteria decision approach to a decision problem of current interest to his or her own Ministry of Defense. The problem can be one already being analyzed or a new problem. Participants will have the opportunity to work in depth on this problem with a faculty member during the course and will deliver a final presentation on the last day of the course. This exercise will link the theoretical environment with the real world through a practical and relevant application of course concepts. The faculty also hope that this will serve as a foundation for further work on this problem once the participants return to their own organizations.

CPE credits: 64. This course is also approved for DoD Financial Management certification.

Performance Management and Budgeting (PMB)

MASL P162014

Participants: U.S. Officers (active or reserve) and international military officers grades 0-3 and above and defense-related civilians of equivalent rank; individuals participating in accelerated career development programs; and foreign officials of similar rank or grade.

In this course faculty and students examine performance management and budgeting beginning with planning-to-budgeting and government accounting systems, and different types of and uses for budgets. We provide a foundation for performance management and budgeting by developing top-level goals and objectives, examining indicators of performance and performance hierarchies, and showing how indicators can be used in budgeting systems. The faculty present real-world and teaching examples of measures of efficiency and effectiveness, and discuss how those measures impact budget decisions and implementation. Participants then create performance measures for a defense organization and discuss how they can be used in a defense budget. Participants should bring examples of performance measurements for their own organizations and information on how their own budget systems implement that information.

CPE credits: 32. This course is also approved for DoD Financial Management certification.

Risk Management Course

MASL P162000

Participants: U.S. and international military officers grades O-3 and above, and defense-related civilians of equivalent rank.

In this course, the DRMI faculty focuses on the issue of risk and how to incorporate risk analysis into public sector decision making. Topics range from the issue of uncertainty to the questions of how to quantify risk, and what are acceptable and unacceptable risks. The faculty challenge participants with a series of case studies structured to allow the participant to explore managing risk in a public sector decision making environment.

CPE credits: 64. This course is also approved for DoD Financial Management certification.

In-Resident Course Dates. Current courses dates are available on our website at www.nps.edu/drmi.

Senior International Defense Management Course (SIDMC)

MASL P162004

Participants: Senior international and U.S. only. Enrollment is restricted to military flag-rank officers (grades O-7 and above) and defense-related civilians of equivalent rank, except for countries where a lower grade is comparable to flag/general rank, in which case officials may be enrolled on a waiver basis.

Participation in this course is normally 50-54 senior officials from as many as 40 countries.

The lecture, small discussion group, case study, and problem format and content described above for the International Defense Management Course also apply, but the DRMI faculty offer this course at a strategic level. The DRMI leadership invites four to seven senior U.S. guest speakers to address the class, and the Field Studies Program provides the opportunity for participants to attend a short (three-day) field trip.

Mobile Education Courses

Mobile International Defense Management Course (MIDMC)

MASL P319016

The Mobile International Defense Management Course (MIDMC) is suitable for professionals concerned with the economic, efficient and effective allocation and use of scarce defense resources in today's complex and uncertain security environment. Participants normally come from a broad spectrum of fields, to include logistics, operations, personnel, acquisition, financial management, program management, planning, engineering, and program evaluation. This course is designed for international military officers in grades O-3 and above and equivalent civilian officials.

This one or two-week course can be tailored to cover specific resources management topics that meet the needs and interests of the host country. For example, it could focus solely on Human Capital Resources Management or on Risk Management, or it could be customized with a combination of several resources management topics.

The course may be delivered in any language.

Analytical Decision Making Course (ADMC)

The mobile ADMC is suitable for professionals concerned with the economic, efficient and effective allocation and use of scarce defense resources in today's complex and uncertain security environment. Participants usually come from a broad spectrum of fields, to include logistics, operations, personnel, acquisition, financial management, program management, planning, engineering, and program evaluation. This course is designed for U.S. military officers in grades O-3 and above and equivalent civilian officials.

This one or two-week course can be tailored to cover specific resources management topics that meet the needs and interests of the host organization.

DRMI Faculty

Jomana Amara, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Houston, 2004.

Diana Angelis, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Florida, 1996.

Laura Armey, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2008.

Kathleen Bailey, Research Associate; M.A., Naval Post-graduate School, 2011.

Peter Bertelsen, Lecturer; M.B.A, Thunderbird School of Global Management, 2001.

Jim Blandin, Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1974.

Earl Brubaker, Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., University of Washington, 1964.

Douglas Burton, CDR (Ret.), USN, Senior Lecturer; M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 1993, M.A., Naval War College 2001.

Peter Frederiksen, Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., Washington State University, 1974.

Joel Frey, LCDR, USN, Lecturer; M.B.A., Naval Post-graduate School, 2014.

Ryan Garcia, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Yale University, 2011.

Greg Grayson, Major, USMC, Lecturer; M.B.A., Naval Postgraduate School, 2017.

Christian Hansen, LCDR, USN, Lecturer; M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 2007.

C. J. LaCivita, Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara, 1981.

Jonathan Lipow, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1994.

Mitch McCarthy, Col (Ret.), USMC, Lecturer; M.S., Industrial College of the Armed Forces, 2007.

Francois Melese, Professor; Ph.D., University of Louvain, 1982.

Luis Morales, LTC (Ret.), USA , Senior Lecturer; M.P.A., University of Missouri, 1992.

Charlie Orsburn, Lecturer; M.A., Monterey Institute of International Studies, 2000.

Erin Reeder, LTC, USA, Lecturer; M.B.A./M.P.A., Syracuse University, 2009.

Anke Richter, Professor; Ph.D., Stanford University, 1996.

Jerome Sebastyn, CAPT (Ret.), USN, Lecturer; M.A., Naval War College, 2002.

Troy D. Terronez, CDR (Ret), USN, Senior Lecturer; M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 2000.

Kent Wall, Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1971.

Natalie Webb, Professor; Ph.D., Duke University, 1992.