SSCF enrollees graduate Program Manager’s Course

Class of 2018 Senior Service College fellows are joined by graduation speaker, Dale Ormond, principal director, research, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering), second from left, and Defense Acquisition University faculty members. | Photo courtesy of DAU

On Nov. 17, Aberdeen Proving Ground personnel enrolled as Senior Service College Fellows in the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), graduated from a 10-week long PMT 401 Program Manager’s Course. The PMT 401 is DAU’s rigorous, executive-level, and case-based course. It is designed for experienced acquisition practitioners, specially selected for their potential as leaders of major acquisition programs, integrated product teams, and major command division chiefs.

The PMT 401 course is constructed around eight overarching themes involving primarily case studies of real life acquisition-related challenges and dilemmas that provide each learner with the opportunity to practice: leading a program in a rapidly changing environment; leading program management operations in different acquisition phases; working effectively with higher headquarters; working effectively with industry; achieving and maintaining excellent customer relations; applying appropriate tools for the evolving information environment; working effectively with external organizations; and leading joint and international programs.

PMT 401 also hosts a Capitol Hill workshop which provides the fellows with an overview and understanding of the U.S. Congress and the legislative process. The workshop examines current U.S. public policy issues by providing an in-depth analysis of Congressional politics, decision-making, and their implications to the Department of

Defense and the nation. The workshop also provides the fellows with the opportunity to discuss current issues of interest – on and off the record – with political experts and leading authorities who have experience in all aspects of the national policymaking process and the potential consequences to U.S. national interests in the coming years.

The SSCF Program is a nationally-recognized, Army-sponsored program designed to develop strong, effective senior leaders for the DOD Acquisition community. SSCF Program announcement, call for applications for selection/attendance to attend the class of 2018-19, which starts at the end of July 2018 runs from December 2017 through March 30, 2018. Program announcement information will be posted on the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center website at

-college/. Acquisition professionals from the fourth estate can also apply for consideration/selection. For more information, visit the DAU website at or contact James Oman at or 410-272-9470.

By Defense Acquisition University