The U.S. Army DACM Office
The Office of the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) is responsible for ensuring the career development and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification (training, education and experience) of the Army Acquisition Workforce, which consists of approximately 40,000 acquisition civilian and military members. This workforce resides in Army staff offices, Army commands, Army service component commands, program executive offices, and direct reporting units.
The Army DACM Office works directly with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition), and the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) to enable workforce initiatives and to serve as advocates for the Army Acquisition Workforce.
Director, Acquisition Career Management
Lt. Gen. William (Bill) N. Phillips became the Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT )) and Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) on Feb. 1, 2010. In his previous assignment, he was the Commanding General (CG), Joint Contracting Command-Iraq/Afghanistan in Baghdad, Iraq, from Feb. 2009 to January 2010. Prior to that assignment, Lt. Gen. Phillips served as CG , Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.; Program Executive Officer (PEO) Ammunition; and Commander, Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command from May 2007 to Jan. 2009. He also served as Deputy PEO Aviation in Huntsville, Ala.
Deputy Director, Acquisition Career Management
Mr. Craig A. Spisak, Director, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), serves as the Deputy DACM. His staff, the Army DACM Office, enables the mission of the DACM. Mr. Spisak has served as the Director of the USAASC since June 2005. USAASC is a direct reporting unit (DRU) responsible for providing oversight of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) and the Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Workforce. Under Mr. Spisak’s leadership, USAASC continues to provide major command-level support to the program executive office and project management communities in the areas of resource management, personnel management and force structure as well as serve as advocates for the entire Army Acquisition Workforce (40,000) to ensure their professional growth and development to continually improve Army combat capability.
In accordance with the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA), aimed at professionalizing the Defense Acquisition Workforce, the Army DACM Office supports the workforce through:
- DAWIA certification
- DAU course scheduling for Army students
- Army Acquisition Corps membership
- Acquisition position waivers
- Acquisition tuition assistance and degree granting programs
- Acquisition leadership and fellowship programs
- Acquisition advocacy for 14 acquisition career fields
- Functional area 51 and Military Occupational Specialty 51C proponency
- Army acquisition career field and certification metrics
- Acquisition career development and talent management tools
- Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund (DAWDF) requirements
- Policy development
- Human Capital Strategy and acquisition career model development
- Acquisition Career Management support/advice and assistance
The Army DACM Office is a high-performing office proactively identifying acquisition workforce trends and challenges to serve its customers, stakeholders and partners with metrics-driven analytics, to ultimately ensure effective human capital strategic planning and aid sound decision-making.