Systems Acquisition Management - Curriculum 816

Program Officer

Matt Geiser, CDR, USN

Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 219A

(831) 656-3953, DSN 756-3953

mtgeiser1@nps.edu

Academic Associate

Raymond Jones, COL, USA (Ret.), Professor of Practice

Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 241

(831) 656-3960, DSN 756-3960

rdjone1@nps.edu

Brief Overview

The Systems Acquisition Management curriculum is an interdisciplinary program designed to integrate business principles, program leadership and management theory, operations analysis, and systems engineering applications. It is uniquely tailored to federal government acquisition management and intensive exposure to the fundamental principles of the acquisition environment. The courses in this curriculum apply business analysis and problem solving techniques essential to effective major system program management within the structure of DoD acquisition management. It further focuses on the decisions and problems facing the acquisition manager, the various forces at work within industry and government, and the impact of acquisition policies and strategies. Student input includes officers and civilians from all DoD Services, other federal agencies, and allied nations.

Competency: Our graduates will be:

Our graduates will be effective program 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 Dates

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.

Systems Acquisition Management Subspecialty

Completion of this curriculum qualifies an Army officer for Functional Area 51 and a Marine Corps officer for MOS 9657. Department of Defense civilians are typically members of the acquisition work force as specified by the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA). This curriculum satisfies the mandatory Defense Acquisition University (DAU) program management education required by the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) for Program Management through Level III and provides up to 14 additional DAU equivalencies in other functional areas.

Typical Subspecialty Jobs

Program Manager/Deputy Program Manager/Program Office:

Army/Air Force/Navy/Marine Corps Acquisition Category I through III (ACAT I - III) Programs

Program Executive Officer (PEO) staff

Matrix Organization Staff

Army Materiel Command (AMC)

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)

Air Force Systems Command

Army Communications - Electronics Command (CECOM)

Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM)

Force Development Officer

Test and Evaluation Officer

Acquisition Logistics Officer

Curriculum Sponsor

Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N9I

Subspecialty Code 6502: Systems Acquisition Management

Typical Course of Study: Curriculum 816

The 6-quarter matrix below is for US Army and USAF students.

USN, USMC and international students follow a 7-quarter program. USN students may add JPME courses.

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

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MN3331Principles of Acquisition and Program Management

5

1

GB3010Managing for Organizational Effectiveness

4

0

MN3303Principles of Acquisition and Contract Management

4

0

GB1000Quantitative Skills for Graduate Management Studies

0

3

Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
GB3040Managerial Statistics

4

0

MN3384Acquisition Production, Quality and Manufacturing Decision Science

4

1

SE4011Systems Engineering for Acquisition Managers

3

2

Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
GB3042Process Analytics

4

0

MN4602Acquisition Test and Evaluation Decision Science

3

2

MN3309Software Acquisition Management for Strategic and Tactical Systems

4

1

GB3070Economics of the Global Defense Environment

4

0

Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
GB4014Strategic Management

4

0

MN4999Elective

4

0

GB4044Defense-Focused Managerial Inquiry

3

0

GB4021Strategic Management of IT

4

0

Quarter 5

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
GB4090MBA Project

0

6

MN4999Elective

4

0

MN4999Elective

4

0

MN4053Defense Budget and Financial Management Policy

4

0

Quarter 6

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MN4307Defense Acquisition Program Management Case Studies

4

0

MN4470Strategic Planning and Policy for the Logistic Manager

4

0

GB4090MBA Project

0

6

MN4999Elective

4

0

GB4090: or Thesis

Educational Skills Requirements (ESR)

Systems Acquisition Management - Curriculum 816

  1. Advanced Leadership and Management Concepts: The graduate will have the ability to apply advanced leadership, management and operations research techniques to defense problems. This includes policy formulation and execution, strategic planning, defense resource allocation, project leadership, cost benefit and cost effectiveness analysis, federal fiscal policy, computer-based information and decision support systems, and complex managerial situations requiring comprehensive integrated leadership abilities.
  2. Program Leadership and Management Principles: The graduate will have an understanding of and will be able to apply the principles, concepts, and techniques of Program Leadership and Program Management to the acquisition of major defense weapon systems. This includes the principles of risk management and tradeoff decision analysis using Total Ownership Cost, schedule and performance dynamics from a total life cycle management perspective.
  3. Program Management Policies: The graduate will have an ability to formulate and execute defense acquisition policies, strategies, plans and procedures; an understanding of the policy-making roles of various federal agencies of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the U.S. government, particularly the Department of Defense (DoD), the General Accounting Office (GAO), congressional committees, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); and an understanding of the strategies necessary to influence policy development and implementation.
  4. Systems and Acquisition Process: The graduate will understand the theory of and have an ability to lead program teams and manage the systems acquisition process. This involves the system life cycle process for requirements determination, research and development, funding and budgeting, procurement, systems engineering, including systems of systems, test and evaluation, manufacturing and quality control, integrated logistics support, ownership and disposal; the interrelationship between reliability, maintainability and logistics support as an element of system effectiveness in defense system and equipment design; and embedded weapon system software, particularly related to current policies and standards, software metrics, risk management, inspections, testing, integration, and post-deployment software support.
  5. Contract Management: The graduate will understand the role of the contracting process within the acquisition environment, including financial, legal, statutory, technical, and managerial constraints in the process.
  6. Business Theory and Practices: The graduate will have an understanding of the business and operating philosophies, concepts, practices and methodologies of defense industry with regard to major weapon systems acquisition, particularly the application of sound business practices.
  7. Government and Industry Budgeting and Financial Management: The graduate will have an understanding of and an ability to apply the principles of government and private organizational financing, including corporate financial structures, cost and financial accounting, capital budgeting techniques, financial analysis, and Defense financial management and budgeting processes to include the Planning, Programming, Budgeting Execution System (PPBES).
  8. Acquisition Work force: The graduate will satisfy all requirements of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and mandatory program management courses required by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) at Levels I, II, and III.
  9. Ethics and Standards of Conduct: The graduate will have an ability to manage and provide leadership in the ethical considerations of defense acquisition, including the provisions of procurement integrity, and to appropriately apply defense acquisition standards of conduct.
  10. 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.