The Program Manager's Course (PMT 401)
PMT 401 is DAU’s rigorous, executive-level, in-residence, case-based course which lasts nine weeks. It is designed for highly motivated, experienced acquisition practitioners, specially selected for their potential as leaders of major acquisition programs, integrated product teams, and major command division chiefs. PMT 401 is a demanding course that relies on a Three-Step Learning Process:
The Program Manager’s Course is constructed around eight overarching themes involving primarily case studies of real life acquisition-related challenges and dilemmas that provide each learner the opportunity to practice:
PMT 401 also hosts a Capitol Hill workshop to provide the fellows with an overview and understanding of the U.S. Congress and the legislative process. This workshop is designed to offer attendees an overview of current U.S. public policy issues by providing an in-depth analysis of Congressional politics, decision-making, and their implications to the DOD and the nation. This provides fellows with the opportunity to discuss current issues of interest – on and off the record – with
political experts and leading authorities who have experience in all aspects of the national policymaking process and the potential consequences to U.S. national
interests in the coming years.
By statute, program executive officers (PEOs), PEO deputies, Acquisition Category (ACAT) I & II program managers (PMs), and ACAT I & II deputy PMs (DPMs) are
required to complete an advanced program management curriculum beyond Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III certification. OSD
(C3I) has directed that ACAT IA PMs and DPMs complete the same advanced training curriculum. PMT 401, together with DAU’s Executive Program Manager’s Course (PMT 402), fulfills that advanced training requirement.