February 2020 – Army DACM Hot Topics

DACM Hot Topics
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ARMY DACM OFFICE UPDATES

 

ACQUISITION TRAINING, EDUCATION AND LEADER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIVERSITY – SENIOR SERVICE COLLEGE FELLOWSHIP

The application cycle is now open from Jan. 22 through March 25 for the Defense Acquisition University Senior – Service College Fellowship. This premier 10-month fellowship, sponsored by the Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office, provides leadership and acquisition training to prepare high potential senior level civilians for roles such as Product and Project Manager, Program Executive Officer, and other key acquisition leadership positions. Classes will begin July 2020 and end in May 2021. See program details here: https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/defense-acquisition-university-senior-service-college/


ACQUISITION TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM – OPEN ALL YEAR

Attention Army Acquisition Workforce civilians and noncommissioned officers in military occupational specialty 51 Contracting: The application window for the Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) is open year-round on a fiscal quarterly basis. Currently, ATAP’s second quarterly application window is open until Feb. 20. Get your applications in soon for this opportunity to receive tuition assistance. And remember: ATAP is not only a chance to receive funding toward an academic degree. It also funds courses needed toward the requirements of membership in the Army Acquisition Corps! To read the eligibility requirements and other program terms, go to the ATAP page at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/acquisition-tuition-assistance-program/.



DEFENSE CIVILIAN EMERGING LEADER PROGRAM (DCELP)

The Army DACM Office is pleased to announce that the Year Group 2021 DCELP application cycle will run Feb. 3 – April 7. DCELP is a premier DOD leader development program for acquisition personnel at GS-07 through GS-12 (or equivalent payband). The program develops early and mid-career civilians in a full range of competencies for leading self, teams and projects. DCELP focuses on leadership assessment, team development, effective writing, and conflict resolution. You can read more about this exciting program at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/dcelp/.



NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL (NPS) SYSTEMS AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT (MSSPM) NON-RESIDENT MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM

The NPS-MSSPM Non-Resident Master’s Degree Program application window will open Feb. 11 – April 16. NPS-MSSPM is a two-year program giving participants a chance to obtain an acquisition defense-focused advanced degree in a distance learning format.  Combining systems engineering with program management knowledge and skills, the NPS-MSSPM’s goals is to broaden capabilities in order to successfully manage and lead projects and programs in support of the Defense Acquisition System. Students learn how to manage, schedule, and budget programs as well as work with DOD suppliers through contracts to meet program obligations. Students take two distance learning courses per quarter for eight consecutive quarters. This program is designed for civilian acquisition professionals in GS-11 through GS-15 (or payband equivalent) positions. The Army DACM Office sponsors the program, and will fund the cost of books and tuition. More details can be found at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/naval-postgraduate-school-master-of-science-in-program-management/.



NPS SYSTEMS ENGINEERING NON-RESIDENT MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM (MSSE) WITH A SYSTEM OF SYSTEMS FOCUS

The NPS-MSSE Non-Resident Master’s Degree Program application window will be open Feb. 11 – April 16. The NPS-MSSE gives participants the opportunity to obtain a master of science degree in systems engineering within two years, on a part-time basis. Students take two distance learning courses per quarter for eight consecutive quarters. This program is designed for civilian acquisition professionals in GS-11 through GS-15 (or payband equivalent) positions. The Army DACM Office sponsors the program, and will fund the cost of books and tuition. More details can be found at https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/naval-postgrad-ms-sys-eng/.



SENIOR ENTERPRISE TALENT MANAGEMENT (SETM) AND ENTERPRISE TALENT MANAGEMENT (ETM)

COMING SOON: SETM and ETM are Army talent management programs designed to produce senior civilian leaders with an enterprise perspective and the potential to serve in increasing levels of responsibility. This year’s SETM and ETM application cycle will be March 1 – May 15. These dynamic programs are developed under the Civilian Workforce Transformation initiative, and are administered by the Civilian Senior Leader Management Office within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. A variety of leadership opportunities will be available for eligible candidates at GS-12 through GS-15 (or payband equivalent). For more details, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/senior-service-college-program/.



TRAINING WITH INDUSTRY

The Training With Industry (TWI) program is a year-long work-experience program that gives top-performing officers extended exposure to industry management techniques, best practices and technological innovations. Check out some of the recent news regarding the TWI participants and the program:

In the Winter issue of Army AL&T, learn how TWI participants and Army leadership benefit from TWI in this in-depth TWI article: https://asc.army.mil/web/news-alt-jfm20-worth-it/.

In the January Army DACM News, TWI participant Maj. John Weissenborn shares his experiences at Lockheed Martin in a “Spotlight on Success” article. To read more about Maj. Weissenborn’s TWI experience, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/news-twi-spotlight/.

Go to the TWI webpage to discover more about the program, including participating companies, eligibility requirements and contact information: https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/aac-training-with-industry/.



SOCOM GHOST PROGRAM

The application window is continuously open for the FY20 U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Ghost Program. This is a unique, broadening opportunity for junior Army acquisition professionals to directly support the mission of delivering Special Operations Forces capabilities to downrange warfighters. SOCOM is primarily looking for high-performing FA-51 acquisition captains and majors (O-3 or O-4) with two to four years of acquisition experience. To apply, or if you have any questions, send an email to ghost-recruiting@socom.mil.



SHINE A LIGHT ON ACQUISITION SUCCESS

If you know of folks in the AAW doing great things, there are two great ways to highlight their accomplishments: Faces of the Force and Spotlight on Success. To nominate someone, download and complete the form at https://asc.army.mil/web/publications/army-alt-submissions/. Our G2-6 communications team will do the rest!


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