Defense Acquisition University and PMI Partner to Support DoD Acquisition Workforce in USA


20 March 2014 – Newtown Square, Pennsylvania and Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) in joint support of the United States Department of Defense’s (DoD) Acquisition Workforce.  The agreement, which combines best practices from both public and private sectors, allows the two organizations to leverage their shared vision and expertise in project and program management to aid the DoD’s acquisition process through training and education initiatives.

140320-pmwj21-dau-IMAGEAccording to the terms of the agreement:

  • DAU will make PMI membership information available to defense management students, faculty, associates, and other strategic partners. PMI will work with DAU to determine whether PMI resources can help support DAU courses and whether these courses might qualify for credit as part of continuing education requirements for PMI certification.
  • Senior qualified PMI-certified professionals from the DoD and private industry will serve as distinguished guest lecturers in selected DAU courses, seminars, and conferences to provide the latest project management perspective to the acquisition, technology and logistics (AT&L) workforce.
  • DAU faculty and staff will offer a DoD perspective at select PMI events where practitioners from government and industry can exchange information and best practices.
  • PMI personnel will attend mutually selected / approved DAU courses to gain the DoD AT&L perspective on acquisition, project and program management.  Providing PMI this insight will help disseminate those views throughout the project management professional community, leading to better project management outcomes in responding to the DoD’s acquisition requirements.
  • Both organizations will explore joint research ventures.

“Research shows that high-performing organizations and agencies don’t just emphasize strategy and improve efficiency; they cultivate talent resources to deliver successful projects and programs,” said Mark A. Langley, President and CEO of PMI.  “It is essential to nurture a program management culture government-wide, and particularly within the U.S. Department of Defense. PMI is pleased join DAU in its longstanding mission of supporting the DoD through education and training standards, requirements, and courses for the civilian and military workforce.”

Mr. James Woolsey, President of Defense Acquisition University, noted at the signing ceremony, “I am pleased to add PMI to the network of resources available for collaboration with DAU, especially as a fellow learning and teaching organization in the area of project and program management.”

DAU is a best-in-class corporate university for the Defense Acquisition Workforce. Everything DAU does is to support the acquisition professional — from formal courses and continuous learning modules to knowledge sharing assets and consulting. As learning partner, DAU supports the professional in the classroom, online, and at their workplace. All of their learning assets are meant to help develop and manage acquisition programs, projects, and systems that continue to make our nation’s warfighters the best-equipped armed forces in the world. More about DAU can be found at www.dau.mil.

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Source: PMI