The Army Acquisition Center of Excellence is a centralized training, education, and career development school for Army acquisition officers, noncommissioned officers, and Department of the Army civilians. This facility centralizes Army institutional training, education, and career development courses for the acquisition, logistics, and technology workforce and improves the effectiveness of leader development efforts while increasing acquisition synergy.
Where is the facility located?
The University Center, University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).
What was the reasoning behind partnering with UAH?
In 2005, a survey was taken of various locations in Huntsville. The courses were originally collocated with DAU; however, DAU quickly outgrew their space which created the need for new space for ALMC courses. The US Army Corps of Engineers Learning Center at UAH was underutilized as well as the UAH Bevill Center. This served a dual purpose for us. We were able to move our training to the Bevill Center as well as use the MTSS funding for lodging and per diem. This resulted in significant savings to the Army and a solid working relationship with the UAH staff.
Why was this school established? Where were the acquisition training facilities located before?
The school was originally opened at Ft. Lee and entitled the Material Acquisition Management Course (MAM). As certification requirements grew and the acquisition workforce was reformed, there was a need for an expanded curriculum.
How much will this facility save and how?
Approximately $1M annually through the Army MTSS program, FA51 IQC relocation, and improved processes and procedures.
Who will this affect?
Primarily, this will affect the Army acquisition workforce by providing greater training and education opportunities and allowing these professionals to learn from and interact with senior leaders. This school will also affect the Huntsville and university communities, since it is on university property, giving the Army Acquisition Corps a greater presence there.
In what way does this impact UAH and Huntsville?
UAH is deeply involved in Research and Development which has a direct impact on the Arsenal and acquisition. This partnership provides us space in a college environment that will enhance the learning experience for the soldier. UAH has the lodging and dining facilities which allows students to be centrally located and gives them the opportunities to set up study groups and help each other complete their group assignments.
Did this partnership create jobs for UAH or Huntsville? If so, how many?
Cannot answer for the University; however, our staff has been reorganized and was increased by two people for the military program and an additional 8 for the DA civilian contracting internship program.
How many students do you anticipate in the program? How does this compare to the previous training scenario with multiple locations?
An annual throughput of over 500 students. We average 240 a year for the FA51BQC which has steadily increased over the years. IQC will bring another 140 students a year to the campus and the DA civilian contracting internship program will host 120-150 students on site.
What courses are offered?
1. Army Acquisition Foundation Course (AAFC), 3 weeks
How does establishing this school relate to the Army’s mission?
The AACoE supports the Chief of Staff of the Army’s objective to transform the Army to meet the needs of the 21st century by providing an ideal training set to build and transform the AL&T Workforce. The AACoE will provide the learning environment on which Soldiers depend to provide a decisive advantage in any mission by developing, acquiring, fielding, and sustaining the world’s best equipment and services and leveraging technologies and capabilities to meet current and future Army need.