Defense Systems Acquisition Management (DSAM) Course

Defense Systems Acquisition Management (DSAM) Course

September 8 – 12, 2014

Hyatt Regency Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Space is still available to register for the DSAM course that will take place September 8 – 12, 2014.

Please click to the course meeting page: to view the current agenda, course registration fee, and/or instructions on how to register on-line (under the “registration” file tab).

Hotel Room Reservations cut-off date is Tuesday, August 19th.


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 and 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.


This intense 4-1/2 day seminar presents current government acquisition programs and requirements and, through guided student interaction and team exercises, applies them to the realities of industry operations. In order for you to gain maximum benefit from this course and for others to gain from various perspectives and experience, all students are expected to fully participate in all scheduled course activities. Therefore all travel arrangements should be made so that students are present until the course ends at 12:00 noon on Friday. Absences up to 2 hours may be granted with prior approval from the NDIA POC/DAU Instructors. Upon course completion certificates will not be provided to students missing more than 2 hours of the course.

Please do not forget to make your hotel room reservation, if you have not already done so.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. In order to ensure the discounted NDIA rate, please call the hotel directly at (888) 223-1234 and reference the Defense Systems Acquisition Management Course. Rooms will not be held after Tuesday, August 19, 2014 and may sell out before then. Rates are also subject to increase after this date. Rooms will not be held after August 19, 2014 and may sell out before then. Rates are also subject to increase after this date.

Hyatt Regency Dallas
300 Reunion Boulevard
Dallas, Texas, USA, 75207
Tel: +1 214 651 1234

• Hotel room rate: $174.00 US (single/double)

The following overall class schedule is provided for your planning. A detailed schedule will be provided in early September.

Monday – Friday, September 8 – 12, 2014

• 7:00 AM-8:00 AM (Registration Monday only) & Continental Breakfast

• 8:00 AM-12:00 PM Classroom instruction

• 12:00 PM-1:30 PM Lunch – On Your Own

• 1:30 PM-5:00 PM Classroom instruction (Course is complete by Noon on Friday).

• 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Reception (Monday and Thursday only)

Expect to be in class from 8:00AM-5:00PM Monday – Thursday, with an hour off for lunch, and 8:00AM-12:00PM on Friday.

NDIA offers a limited number of complimentary registrations to qualified U.S. Department of Defense employees on a “best qualified-first registered” basis. To be considered for a complimentary registration, the DoD employee must have Level III certification in a DAWIA functional area.

Please note that transportation, lodging and meal costs are NOT be covered by NDIA.

Dates to Remember:

• Hyatt Hotel room reservation cut-off date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

• All cancellations received on/before: Monday, September 1, 2014

To begin the application process, please contact Miss Angie R. DeKleine, CAE, CMM, CMP, CEM, Associated Director, Operations at .