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Modes and Duration:

Resident:  5 Weeks
Onsite:  5 Weeks

Recommended Credit:

Pending ACE review

Functional Areas (FA):

51A System Development
51C Contracting
51R Information Technology
51S Uniformed Scientist


Course content and instructional techniques are designed to provide participants with a knowledge and understanding of the Federal Acquisition Regulation/Defense Federal Acquisition Supplement that students will apply from “cradle to grave” scenarios; contingency contracting and practical experience on contracting software; application of program management principles to cover development, cost, schedule and performance of a new weapon system program; and intermediate contract cost and pricing principles used for simple to complex contract awards. The classroom presentations will emphasize principles, demonstrate techniques of analysis, and illustrate typical applications of the analytical techniques. Each area of instruction is accompanied by practical exercises which are expected to be worked in the group problem solving sessions as well as outside of the scheduled class time. These exercises, examinations given during class, and case studies are graded to determine the student’s comprehension and mastery of the material. This course will provide DAWIA level 1 certification training in contracting.

Special Information:

1. This course has been reduced from 8 to 5 weeks in order to become more useful to a wider student population. Some of the curriculum contained in the earlier 8-week version of AABC has been moved to the Army Intermediate Program Management Course.

2. In order to complete the FA 51 basic qualification training requirements, officers must complete 8D-F48/551-51C30, ALMC-IPM, ALMC-AIC, and ALMC-ACL.

3. In order to complete MOS 51C basic qualification training requirements, NCO’s must complete 8D-F48/551-51C30 and ALMC-ACL.

4. This course can be found on ATRRS under School Code 907A. It is taught at the Army Acquisition Center of Excellence (AACoE) on the campus of the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH). For additional information visit Web site http://asc.army.mil/web/organization/aacoe/.

5. For advanced reading materials and additional information, visit our web
site at: http://asc.army.mil/web/organization/aacoe/alu-courses-offered-at-aacoe/army-acquisition-basic-course/.


ACTIVE, RESERVE AND GUARD OFFICERS: Commissioned officers must have completed their branch advanced course, must be a Captain (O3) or above, and must have been assessed into the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps with a Functional Area code of 51. Officers must have a baccalaureate degree or higher with 24 business hours.

CIVILIANS: Civilians must be in the grade range of GS-07 through GS-13 and a member of the acquisition work force in Career Program 14. Civilians must have a baccalaureate degree or higher with 24 business hours.

ACTIVE, RESERVE, AND GUARD NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS: Non-Commissioned Officers must have been assessed into the 51C MOS, must be a Sergeant (E5) or above, and must complete their common core training prior to attending this course.

Secret Clearance: Secret.
The US Army Acquisition Support Center, ATTN: NCO Proponent, CMF 51 and MOS
51C, 9900 Belvoir Road, Suite 201, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5567.

Commissioned officers, civilians and noncommissioned officers who fail to meet these prerequisites but who are assigned to a materiel acquisition position will be considered for enrollment on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Information

Registration Assistance:
Contact: ALU Registrar
Phone: (804) 765-4152/4149/4122
DSN 539-4152/4149/4122

Course Director:
Phone: (256) 824-4890

Mailing Address:
562 Quarters Road
Building 12420
Fort Lee, VA 23801-1705

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