The Acquisition Support Center offers several programs to assist in the education and training of the Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Workforce. To find out more about each one, please click on one of the programs for a detailed description and point of contact information.

Civilian

  • Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP)
    The foundation of the ALCP is self-Awareness as the key to both leadership and diversity development to create an innovative culture by helping to understand each individual’s personal preferences and behaviors and how each not only interact with their co-workers, but how they are viewed by others. This approach includes addressing people’s unconscious biases to help them discover new approaches to doing things and emphasizing the strength and power in accepting individual differences to produce a stronger “whole”. The ALCP training will ensure that people can communicate with their supervisors through a common language and help develop leaders who value individual styles and behaviors, creating a leadership corps more capable of critical thinking/problem solving, teamwork/collaboration, and creativity/innovation.
  • Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP)
    The Army Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) is open to permanent Army acquisition civilians and Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 51 Contracting (51C) Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) who are members of the Army acquisition workforce and meet the basic eligibility requirements. Eligible workforce members may pursue required business hours or acquisition/business related courses towards either a bachelor’s or master’s degree completion at an accredited college or university of their choice. Applicants applying for acquisition/business courses towards a master’s degree must be, at a minimum, level II certified in their current Army acquisition career field (ACF).
  • Competitive Development Group/ Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF)
    The CDG Program is a three-year developmental program that offers board-selected applicants expanded training, leadership, experiential and other career development opportunities. It is designed to develop future Army acquisition leaders.
  • Congressional Operations Seminar (ConOps)
    The Congressional Operations Seminar is a five day seminar conducted on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC that will provide civilian Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (AL&T) workforce members a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities within the U.S. Congress, House of Representatives and Senate as it relates to the performance management of the Defense Acquisition System and Policy. Over the course of the week, participants will hear from and be afforded the opportunity to ask questions of members of Congress, Congressional committee, state and local government officials, personal staff, lobbyists, and news media representatives. Topics may include: Congress Role in Our System of Government; The Nature of Congress; Leadership and Committee roles and responsibilities; Congress and the Defense Budget and the Congressional Budget Process. In addition, participants will be given the opportunity to attend Congressional committee hearings and observe floor action when Congress is in session. The target audience for the Congressional Operations Seminar is the best performing AL&T workforce members who have been identified by their supervisor as having job-related duties in understanding the congressional actions, appropriations and budget processes that affect the daily operations within their organization.
  • Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College (DAU-SSCF)
    The Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College Fellowship Program Is senior level training and educational developed for senior acquisition leaders. It is conducted under the auspices of the opportunity Defense Acquisition University (DAU) at Huntsville, AL, Warren, MI and Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. The program provides leadership and acquisition training that prepares senior level civilians for senior leadership roles such as Product and Project Managers, Program Executive Officers and key acquisition positions. All graduates receive equivalency for the Program Managers Course (PMT 401) and option to obtain a Master’s degree. Click here for additional information on the DAU-SSCF program.
  • The Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP)
    The DCELP program is designed to develop the next generation of innovative leaders with the technical competence to meet the future leadership needs of the Department of Defense (DOD).Click here for additional information on the DCELP program.
  • Excellence in Government Fellows Program (EIGF)
    The EIGF program is a leadership program and is conducted by the Partnership for Public Service located in Washington, DC. The Partnership is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works. The program offers hands-on leadership development for project managers and acquisition professional. Click here for additional information on the EIGF program
  • The Executive Leadership Program-Team Learning Event (ELP-TLE)
    ELP-TLE is a series of executive learning events to promote executive growth, personal insight, leadership capacity, networking and collaboration, and increased relevance to the warfighter. Participants are invited by the Principal Military Deputy-Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology), U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), and the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). The program includes 4.5 days at the Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton, Virginia. Learning content and methods include a blend of presentation, dialogue, and experiential application. Each event is designed to enhance the capacity of executives (General Officers, Senior Executive Service members, promotable Colonels, and high potential GS-15s) to more effectively lead and manage large, complex organizations through periods of dynamic change and adaption. Nationally renowned thought leaders in contemporary management and leadership present the underlying principles of their discipline and engage the executive participants in a dialogue on proven methods of applications. The events conclude with a dialogue with an enterprise executive, such as the Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology and/or the Executive Deputy to the Commander, Army Materiel Command.
  • Federal Executive Institute – Leadership for a Democratic Society (FEI)
    FEI – Leadership for a Democratic Society is a unique opportunity for senior level employees to gain insight into the diverse goals of the government and citizens they serve. FEI fosters executives who excel in a 21st-centry work while remaining connected to the Constitutional principles forged in the 18th century. The themes of the program reflect the Constitutional underpinning of the Federal Government and the common culture of senior Federal Executives. Courses are approximately 4 weeks in length and are held at Charlottesville, VA. These courses are open to Senior Executive Service members and GS-15s (or broadband equivalents).
  • Naval Postgraduate School Master of Science in Program Management (NPS-MSPM)
    The NPS-MSPM is an eight quarter, 24 -month part-time Masters degree program. the program requires students to take two courses per quarter over a 24-month period. It is designed to provide acquisition professionals in the Department of Defense and other federal agencies a defense-focused advanced degree in a distance learning format. Individuals who complete the program receive a MSPM graduate degree and several Defense Acquisition University (DAU) course equivalencies. While completion of the MSPM provides some of the required training for certification, individuals must complete the additional DAU training, experience and education standards required for certification in the acquisition career field. Click here for additional information on NPS-MSPM
  • School of Choice (SOC)
    The School Of Choice (SOC) is a highly competitive 18-24 month full-time degree granting program that provides civilian Army acquisition workforce members GS-11 thru 15 and pay band equivalent an opportunity to keep their current acquisition position while completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree during duty hours. The SOC program is restricted to colleges and universities that are nationally accredited and offer degree programs in business or disciplines that directly support acquisition functions as outlined in the Defense Acquisition University catalog for acquisition certification. All applicants must meet the required certification for their current position.

Officer

  • Advanced Education Program (AEP)
    AR 621-1, Training of Military Personnel at Civilian Institutions outline the guidelines and the mission of executing full-time education programs. both (fully and partially funded) for active duty commissioned, non commissioned and warrant officers attending civilian schools, commerce or industry, and service schools that offer accredited degrees (e.g. Naval Postgraduate School and Air Force Institute of Technology)
  • FA51 Leader Development Plan (BQC (formerly AABC), ILE, and IQC)
    The FA51 Leader Development Plan is an end-to-end plan designed to prepare newly accessed acquisition officers for assignment to any acquisition organization, and to develop them at the ranks of captain and major for positions of higher responsibility.
  • AAC Training with Industry (TWI)
    The TWI program provides the opportunity for military to gain career broadening experience while working in an industry environment. It also provides the participant’s organization the means to acquire needed skills or expertise.

NCO

  • Advanced Education Program (AEP)
    AR 621-1, Training of Military Personnel at Civilian Institutions outline the guidelines and the mission of executing full-time education programs. both (fully and partially funded) for active duty commissioned, non commissioned and warrant officers attending civilian schools, commerce or industry, and service schools that offer accredited degrees (e.g. Naval Postgraduate School and Air Force Institute of Technology)
  • Non-Commissioned Officer Program: MOS51C and CMF 51
    The primary objective of the Army Enlisted Acquisition Career Management Field (CMF) 51 and Military Occupational Series (MOS) 51C is to ensure that the Army has Contracting Noncommissioned Officers that are qualified, trained, experienced and available to maintain a high state of combat readiness.

Military and Civilian

  • Acquisition Education, Training, and Experience (AETE)
    The United States Army Acquisition Support Center provides a robust offering of tuition assistance, leadership development, and experiential developmental opportunities to our Acquisition civilian and military workforce. The purpose of AETE is to build, enhance, and sustain the knowledgebase and leadership acumen of our workforce. The AETE Catalog also outlines many of the opportunities available to meet the standards established by the policy. The catalog is divided into three major categories: educational/academic, training, and experiential and development.
  • Acquisition Program Transition Workshops (APTW)
    APTWs are intended to provide timely and tailored assistance to ACAT ID/AA and select interest government program managers in aligning the government/contractor team at critical points in a program’s schedule.
  • Defense Acquisition University Training (DAU)
    The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) provides mandatory, assignment-specific, and continuing education courses for military and civilian acquisition personnel within the Department of Defense. . Its mission is to provide a global learning environment to support a mission-ready Defense Acquisition Workforce that delivers, and sustains effective and affordable warfighting capabilities.. Authorized by 10 U.S.C. 1746 and chartered by DoD Directive 5000.57, the DAU was established on August 1, 1992.
  • Senior Service College Program (SSC)
    The SSC programs offers a unique opportunity for members of the AAC — military and civilians — to gain advanced leadership training and experience specifically designed for senior leadership positions. There are two SSC programs where civilian and military personnel can attend together. (Other SSC programs are offered to military only or to civilians only. See the link at the bottom of this description.) The Eisenhower School prepares selected military officers and civilians for senior leadership and staff positions by conducting postgraduate, executive-level courses of study and associated research dealing with the resources component of national power. In addition, Eisenhower serves as the course provider for the Senior Acquisition Course directed by the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act. In this capacity, Eisenhower acts as a consortium college of the Defense Acquisition University. Individuals who complete the program receive a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy. Other program such as the Army War College and National War College provide advanced leadership training. Click here for additional information on the SSC programs offered to military or to civilians, Instructions: http://asc.army.mil/web/programs/senior-service-college-program/.
  • Supervisor Outreach Program
    This program was created to provide supervisors with information and resources to assist in the Management of their Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Based on mission realignment, USAASC is implementing the Supervisor Outreach Program to better leverage supervisors as change agents for Army acquisition transformation. The new program is designed to revitalize the role of workforce leaders and supervisory personnel by providing them with the necessary tools to manage their respective workforces.