Acquisition and Contract Management Curriculum 815

Program Officer

Matt Geiser, CDR, USN

Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 219A

(831) 656-3953, DSN 756-3953

mtgeiser1@nps.edu

Academic Associate

Rene G. Rendon, D.B.A., Associate Professor

Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 331D

(831) 656-3464, DSN 756-3464

rgrendon@nps.edu

Brief Overview

The Acquisition and Contract Management curriculum is an interdisciplinary program which integrates management theory, accounting, economics, finance, behavioral science, management theory, operations/systems analysis, and specific courses in acquisition and contracting. The 815 curriculum includes a concentration option in strategic purchasing. Student input includes officers and civilians from all DoD services, other federal agencies and allied nations. The curriculum is designed to provide officers and civilians with the skills to serve effectively in systems buying offices, field contracting offices, contract administration offices, and contracting policy offices.

Competency: Our graduates will be:

Our graduates will be effective contract managers.

Requirements for Entry

A baccalaureate degree with above-average grades is required. Completion of at least two semesters of college algebra or trigonometry is considered to be the minimum mathematical preparation. An APC of 345 is required for entry. International students should refer to the Admissions section for current TOEFL and entrance requirements.

Entry Date

January and July.

Program Length

Six Quarters.

Degree

Requirements for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree are met en route to satisfying the Educational Skills Requirements.

Acquisition and Contract Management Subspecialty

Completion of this curriculum qualifies naval officers as Acquisition and Contract Management Subspecialists with a subspecialty code of 1306P, Army officers as Functional Area 51C, and Marine Corps officers with a 9656 MOS. The curriculum satisfies mandatory Defense Acquisition University (DAU) contracting courses required by the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA).

Typical Subspecialty Jobs

Contracting Officer

Director of Contracts

Contracts and Business Policy Staff Officer

Curriculum Sponsor

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Acquisition)

Typical Course of Study: Curriculum 815

US Navy students also complete an additional four courses leading to the Naval War College Command and Staff program diploma.

International students take IT1500 American Life and Institutions and IT1600 Communication Skills for International Officers in Quarters one and two.

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
GB3010Managing for Organizational Effectiveness

4

0

MN3156Financial and Managerial Accounting

4

0

MN3303Principles of Acquisition and Contract Management

4

0

MN3331Principles of Acquisition and Program Management

5

1

GB1000Quantitative Skills for Graduate Management Studies

0

3

Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MN3312Government Contracts Law

4

0

MN3315Acquisition Management And Contract Administration

4

0

Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
GB3042Process Analytics

4

0

GB3070Economics of the Global Defense Environment

4

0

MN3320Contract Cost and Price Analysis

3

0

MN3321Federal Contract Negotiations

3

0

Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
GB4014Strategic Management

4

0

GB4044Defense-Focused Managerial Inquiry

3

0

MN3318Operational Contract Support & Contingency Contracting

3

0

Quarter 5

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
GB4090MBA Project

0

6

GB4053Defense Budget Policy and Financial Management Systems

4

0

MN4311Contracting for Services

3

0

Quarter 6

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MN4371Acquisition and Contracting Policy

4

0

GB4090MBA Project

0

6

GB4090: or Thesis

NW3230: USN and USMC only; students may complete three additional War College classes for JPME certification

MN3306: USN and USAF only

MN3384: USMC and US Army only

Educational Skills Requirements (ESR)

Acquisition Management - Curriculum 815 Subspecialty Code 1306P

  1. Advanced Management Concepts: The graduate will have the ability to apply advanced management and operations research techniques to defense problems. This includes policy formulation and execution, strategic planning, defense resource allocation, cost benefit and cost effectiveness analysis, federal fiscal policy, computer-based information and decision support systems, and complex managerial situations requiring comprehensive integrated decision making.
  2. Acquisition and Contracting Principles: The graduate will have an understanding of and will be able to apply the principles and fundamentals of acquisition and contracting within the federal government, including knowledge of the acquisition laws and regulations, particularly the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the DoD FAR Supplement (DFARS); the unique legal principles applied in government contract law and the Uniform Commercial Code; and the application of sound business principles and practices to defense contracting problems. Further, the graduate will be able to apply innovative and creative approaches not only to resolve difficult acquisition and contracting issues but to significantly influence the legal and regulatory structure within which acquisition decision making occurs. Finally, the graduate will have the ability to conceptualize, develop and execute strategic business alliances and relationships necessary to the successful acquisition of goods and services.
  3. Acquisition and Contracting Policy: The graduate will have an ability to formulate and execute acquisition policies, strategies, plans and procedures; a knowledge of the legislative process and an ability to research and analyze acquisition legislation; and a knowledge of the government organization for acquisition, including Congress, the General Accounting Office, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, the federal and military contracting offices, the Boards of Contract Appeals, and the court system.
  4. Contracting Process: The graduate will understand the theory of and have the ability to manage the field contracting, contingency contracting, supplies and services contracting, system acquisition, and contract administration processes. This involves a knowledge of the defense system life cycle processes, including requirements determination, funding, contracting, ownership, and disposal; an ability to evaluate military requirements, specifications, and bids and proposals; an ability to utilize the sealed bid, competitive proposals and simplified acquisition methodologies; a comprehensive knowledge of all contract types and their application in defense acquisition; an ability to conduct cost and price analyses; and an ability to negotiate various contracting actions, including new procurement, contract changes and modifications, claims, equitable adjustment settlements, and noncompliance issues.
  5. Business Theory and Practices: The graduate will have an understanding of the business philosophy, concepts, practices, and methodologies of the global commercial industrial base, and the ability to apply these to the federal government acquisition environment.
  6. Federal and Defense Budgeting: The graduate will have an ability to apply economic and accounting principles, including monetary and fiscal theories, to defense acquisition and contracting issues.
  7. Program Management: The graduate will have an understanding of the basic principles and fundamentals of Program Management, with particular emphasis on the Procuring Contractor Officer's and Administrative Contracting Officer's roles and relationships with the Program Manager.
  8. Acquisition Workforce: The graduate will satisfy all requirements of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and mandatory contracting courses required by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) at Levels I, II, III.
  9. Ethics and Standards of Conduct: The graduate will have an ability to manage and provide leadership in the ethical considerations of military acquisition, including the provisions of procurement integrity, and to appropriately apply defense acquisition standards of conduct.
  10. Strategy and Policy: Officers develop a graduate-level ability to think strategically, critically analyze past military campaigns, and apply historical lessons to future joint and combined operations, in order to discern the relationship between a nation's policies and goals and the ways military power may be used to achieve them. This is fulfilled by completing the first of the Naval War College course series leading to Service Intermediate-level Professional Military Education (PME) and Phase I Joint PME credit.
  11. Analysis, Problem Solving, and Critical Thinking: The graduate will demonstrate the ability to conduct research and analysis, and proficiency in presenting the results in writing and orally by means of an applied project and a command-oriented briefing appropriate to this curriculum.