Program Managers Workshop

Course Material is Presented in 7 War Rooms

The ASN (RD&A) Program Managers (PM) Workshop was created in October 2014 to instruct the Navy's PMs and senior acquisition personnel in the history of Navy acquisition and exampless of successful Navy Program Management.  Since its creation, the Workshop has instructed over 200 Program Managers and senior acquisition personnel from over 100 different program offices.

  • EVOLUTION OF THE NAVY WAR ROOM - Chronicles the evolution of our Navy over its history, with analysis at critical junctures in time.
  • ORGANIZATION OF THE NAVY WAR ROOM - Presents the organizational evolution of the Navy and how it is set up to Operate and Fight, Mobilize and Maintain the Navy.
  • MATERIAL & ACQUISITION WAR ROOM - Views the evolution of the Navy's and the Nation's Material Establishment and acquisition history since our founding.  Students get an intimate feel for the events of the day as they actually occurred (in many cases different from the conventional history).  Provides insights into what might be needed in the next 30 years.
  • NAVAL AVIATION WAR ROOM - Explores the history and development of naval aircraft, the role of aircraft and aircraft carrier tactics in naval engagements and power projection ashore. Addresses the unique challenges of aviation acquisition programs.
  • SHIPBUILDING & MODERNIZATION WAR ROOM - Addresses the unique requirements and challenges of naval shipbuilding and naval systems development.
  • PROGRAM MANAGEMENT WAR ROOM - Examines how to meet the challenges of a major acquisition program through its life cycle, using the history, lessons and tenets of three of the Navy's most successful acquisition programs in the modern era: POLARIS, AEGIS, and F/A-18. Also includes a short vignette for Program Managers on technology and program protection requirements.
  • MAIN WAR ROOM / CG(X) CASE STUDY - Explores the national and international forces that shape Navy thinking. Provides a comprehensive view of the numerous dimensions and conditions in which a Program Manager has to operate. Includes a postmortem analysis of the U.S. Navy's CG(X) Program.

​THE INSTRUCTION IN EACH WAR ROOM ALSO EMPHASIZES
ASN(RDA)'S FOUR ACQUISITION PRIORITIES

01.

Deliver and Sustain
Lethal Capacity

02.

Increase Agility

03.

Drive Affordability

04.

Build Workforce to
Compete & Win

EXPERIENCE

Lessons Learned

The War Rooms are replete with examples that illustrate the tension that exists between individual themes, and the tradeoffs among them. The instructors actively encourage the students to share their experiences and points of view in extended discussions that are key to the ‘War Room experience’. Daily Wrap up and course critique sessions are conducted at the end of each day to focus on the lessons gleaned from the instruction, and to share additional lessons based on the experiences of the students in their own programs.

Feedback from the students has been overwhelmingly positive and we continue to enhance the course with each successive offering. If you would like to register for this Workshop, or would like more information, please contact the DATM Office.​ 

Major Program Management Roles & Responsibilities - This Workshop is an intensive five day course of instruction wherein students are exposed to a wealth of information relevant to their acquisition duties in the areas of U.S. Naval organization and history, U.S. military material procurement, major program management, and shipbuilding specific roles and responsibilities.

ON-LINE ASN RD&A PM WORKSHOP COURSES

Program Managers Workshop: 8 hours and 8 CLP This e-learning course, the Main/CG(X) War Room Course, is one of six courses, which when taken together, make up the Program Manager’s Workshop (NCL001), but can be taken independently for those who do not desire to take the entire Workshop. The Main/CG(X) War Room considers numerous dimensions and conditions that the CG(X) shipbuilding program faced during its brief existence. Views the national security environment at the time, perceived vulnerabilities and dangers to the nation, and the spectrum of national military strategies. It also examines how these influenced the type of Navy that was required, its roles, missions and composition, and the planning needed to engineer and build the type of Fleet required. Finally it looks at the numerous factors needed to execute that planning including program organization, financing and tasking, and the means to gain the required technical and programmatic expertise. This course is intended for members of the Navy Acquisition Work Force and takes approximately 8 hours to complete. Sign Up

Program Managers Workshop: 4 hours and 4 CLP This continuous e-learning course, the Evolution of the Navy (EON) War Room Course, is one of six courses, which when taken together, make up the Program Manager’s Workshop, but can be taken independently for those who do not desire to take the entire Workshop. The EON Course examines the history of the Navy since 1775 by exploring five major themes that have affected the composition of the Fleet: 1) General versus Special Purpose warships, 2) “Joint” vs. “service-unique” warfighting capabilities, 3) Force Structure size and composition, 4) Threat, and 5) critical and essential role of the Shore Establishment. A comparison with the Royal Navy of the 19th century during Pax Britannica is also briefly drawn. This course is intended for members of the Navy Acquisition Work Force and takes approximately 4 hours to complete. Sign Up

Program Managers Workshop: 4 hours and 4 CLP This continuous e-learning course, the Organization of the Navy (ORG) War Room Course, is one of six courses, which when taken together, make up the Program Manager’s Workshop, but can be taken independently for those who do not desire to take the entire Workshop. The ORG War Room course examines the Navy’s history from an organizational perspective: the evolution of the organizations formed, and respective chains of command, to (1) maintain the Navy, (2) mobilize the Navy, and (3) operate and fight the Navy. These organizations have changed dramatically over more than 200 years, and have frequently been in tension with one another, both within the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense. This course is intended for members of the Navy Acquisition Work Force and takes approximately 4 hours to complete. Sign Up

Program Managers Workshop: 4 hours and 4 CLP This continuous e-learning course, the Material & Acquisition (M&A) War Room Course, is one of six courses, which when taken together, make up the Program Manager’s Workshop), but can be taken independently for those who do not desire to take the entire Workshop. The M&A War Room course examines changes in the Navy Material Establishment over the last 240 years in the context of the environment of the time. It reviews the evolution of the: 1) Science & Technology Base, 2) Development and Manufacturing Base, 3) In-Service Support Base, and the methods for connecting them into a “material establishment” including a) Organization and People, b) Contracts and Financing and c) Infrastructure and Executing Activities. In particular, it examines the key forcing functions, inflection points and organizational models from different eras. This course is intended for members of the Navy Acquisition Work Force and takes approximately 4 hours to complete. Sign Up

Program Managers Workshop: 5 hours and 5 CLP This continuous e-learning course, the Shipbuilding & Modernization (S&M) War Room Course, is one of six courses, which when taken together, make up the Program Manager’s Workshop, but can be taken independently for those who do not desire to take the entire Workshop. The S&M War Room course addresses the unique challenges of a shipbuilding program/deputy program manager and staff, as well as the challenges of developing weapons and other naval systems. It provides a detailed look at how warships are constructed, converted and modernized, including studies of past and contemporary ship classes that acquisition professionals may find useful in their own programs. This course is intended for members of the Navy Acquisition Work Force and takes approximately 5 hours to complete. Sign Up

Program Managers Workshop: 5 hours and 5 CLP This continuous e-learning course, the Program Managers (PM) War Room Course, is one of six courses, which when taken together, make up the Program Manager’s Workshop, but can be taken independently for those who do not desire to take the entire Workshop. The PM War Room course captures the history, lessons and beliefs that led to three of the Navy’s most successful programs: AEGIS, POLARIS and F/A-18 E/F. It also examines a number of less successful programs in the same terms and includes an additional module on the challenges of Cybersecurity and Program Protection for today's program managers. This course is intended for members of the Navy Acquisition Work Force and takes approximately 5 hours to complete. Sign Up

Receive Continuous Learning Points!

The Navy DATM Office is pleased to be able to offer the exciting ASN (RD&A) Program Manager’s Workshop taught by General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) as a Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Continuous Learning (CL) on-line series of courses.

Each theme serves as a discussion point with historical examples that drive home the tension that exists between the themes, and the tradeoffs among them.

The War Rooms provide well researched lessons learned on what has been successful in Shipbuilding / Combat Systems Acquisition as they relate to the current stage of programs. The desired outcomes are,

PREPARATION

Broaden perspective from an experiential based learning session that will better prepare for success.

COMPLEX ACQUISITION

Offer a forum for discussion regarding complex acquisition, as well as specific program, challenges.

PROGRAM EXECUTION

Introduce a team of acquisition experts who might be used as a source of reference in program execution.

UPCOMING PM WORKSHOPS

(Resident Course)

STATUSCLASSSTART DATEEND DATE
CLOSEDFY19-045/13/20195/17/2019
OPENFY19-057/15/20197/19/2019
OPENFY19-068/19/20198/23/2019
OPENFY19-0710/21/201910/25/2019
OPENFY19-0812/9/201912/13/2019

SIGN ME UP!
1. Log into eDACM
2. Go to:  Manage Career Tab,  Hover over:  DoN Continuous Learning ,  Select:  Search for Don CL Training

While in the Search Catalog page,

3. In the Event Name field: enter "Program Manager Workshop". 
4. In the Location section: select “Any Distance” and click Search. You should see a listing of multiple dates for this CL Event.
5. Click on the Location Name “Arlington, VA” on the date you wish to attend and the Event Information screen will populate. 
6. Click *Submit Registration Request at the bottom of the page.
7. Ensure your supervisor approves you request so it will be forwarded to the event POC for review and approval.

*Note:  Any cancellation of a statutory employee, after a seat is authorized, requires an email from the next Flag/SES in your chain of command to the Navy DATM confirming your cancellation.

Our Contacts

The War Rooms are used to teach the Program Managers’ Workshop, a five day course of instruction available for interested students to register via the eDACM website. Please contact Mr. King Dietrich for more information.  For tailored visits to any or all of the War Rooms please contact the DATM office at (703)614-3666.

Address:

2461 South Clark St, Suite 320, Arlington, VA 22202

Phone:

(571)444-0251

E-mail:

Mr. King Dietrich
king.dietrich@gdit.com