Have you ever wondered how plans are written? This Blended e-Learning course will help prepare you to work on a national-level planning staff or participate in the planning process above the wing level. It will help you to gain a better understanding of levels of planning, plan development, and varied logistician assignments. At the end of this course each student will be able to identify guidance, define roles and responsibilities at planning levels above the wing and understand the concepts of plans development. Each student will appreciate the role of the logistician in the Joint Operational Planning Process JOPP.
This online course is presented from the perspective of logisticians preparing to assume their first unit command or leadership position and for other base-level logistics personnel with significant budget duties. It supplements, but does not replace training for additional duty Resource Advisors. It highlights both key fiscal law concepts and important procedural/practical issues unit commanders/leaders typically face.
This online course will provide students with foundational knowledge of Air Force working capital funds. It is designed for logisticians who are preparing to serve in a Working Capital Fund activity or in a role where they will interact with Working Capital Funds frequently.
This course is designed for Air Force logisticians. This course will describe Army logistics and how being aware of its functions helps Air Force logisticians better understand our sister Service. We’ll cover how the Army is organized, how it is supported by DLA, and how Army logistics supports operations using the logistics estimate process.
This course is designed for Air Force AF logisticians who are preparing for an assignment serving with the United States Marine CorpsUSMC or will interface with USMC logistics. The student will become aware of the USMC organization and procedures that will help AF logisticians deploy with, gain support from, and/or support the USMC.
This blended e-Learning course is designed for Air Force logisticians who are preparing to serve in a joint activity or in a role where they will interact with the Naval Supply system frequently. It will provide students with foundational knowledge of the Navy and the Naval Supply system.
This course is designed for Air Force logisticians who are preparing for an assignment serving with multinational partners or readying for deployment as an advisor or staff in a multinational environment. The course will provide students with knowledge of multinational operations relationships, multinational logistics concepts, multinational logistics levels of support, and challenges one might encounter in a multinational environment.
This online course can help take some of the guesswork out of how Theater Logistics works. The course will cover topics like theater organizations, joint theater concepts and processes that will help make you a better theater logistician. The course focuses on Core Logistics functions and other topics that will h help you start to prepare your t thinking for the many challenges of a C Combatant Command Staff or other similar organization.
This course is designed for Air Force logisticians involved in any phase of weapon system sustainment. This course is highly conceptual and will cover the subject from an enterprise perspective, starting with understanding weapon systems as delivery mechanisms for military capabilities and continuing through Enterprise Life Cycle Management, Enterprise Sustainment, and Enterprise Maintenance. A broader understanding of these topics will help Air Force logistics readiness and aircraft maintenance officers develop as professional logisticians.
In this course, we discuss the structure, inputs, and processes of Air Force depot maintenance organizations as well as their operational strategies. A broader understanding of these topics will help Air Force logisticians operate in positions assigned to or supporting depot organizations.
This course is designed for Air Force maintenance and logistics officers and civilian equivalents, as well as SNCO’s who are assuming duties on a MAJCOM logistics staff as an action officer, to better understand and more effectively participate in programming and budgeting processes at that level.
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This course is designed for Air Force logisticians who have recently or are about to assume duties involving leadership of supply and distribution activities associated with aircraft maintenance intermediate repair shops, or management of the shops themselves. Its purpose is to prepare those logisticians to more effectively support Air Force readiness by enhancing their understanding of how and why intermediate repair is incorporated in the logistics and sustainment engineering system. It reviews conceptual foundations of intermediate repair in logistics and sustainment system design, DoD and Air Force implementation policies, theoretical underpinnings of echelon and network approaches, and current Air Force initiatives with respect to integration of Air Force repair efforts.
This course will prepare students in the transition to an assignment that includes responsibilities for supporting, executing, or planning for theater sustainment for a joint force serving with joint partners or readying for deployment as a staff member in a joint environment. The course will provide students with knowledge of key sustainment capabilities that could potentially be provided by the Services and the Defense Logistics Agency DLA in support of theater operations by a joint force.
This online course will prepare you for Air Force Deployment Planning operations and will include topics such as: 1. Systems 2. Tools 3. Policies Upon completion of this course, you will have a broader understanding of deployment planning to help you communicate your plan, collaborate with fellow logisticians, and tackle some of the challenges that you will face as you participate in day-to-day operations.
Prepares logisticians to analyze organizational culture in a production-focused environment, such as focused environment, such as flightlines flightlines, backshops, munitions storage areas, aerial ports, and storage and distribution centers to a few. This course is for students looking to advance their organization toward production excellence and who want to better understand how organizational culture can contribute to that goal.
Prepares logisticians to analyze organizational culture in a production-focused environment, such as focused environment, such as flightlines flightlines, backshops, munitions storage areas, aerial ports, and storage and distribution centers to a few. This course is for students looking to advance their organization toward production excellence and who want to better understand how production systems can contribute to that goal.
Prepares logisticians to analyze organizational culture in a production-focused environment, such as focused environment, such as flightlines flightlines, backshops, munitions storage areas, aerial ports, and storage and distribution centers to a few. This course is for students looking to advance their organization toward production excellence and who want to better understand how achieving alignment can contribute to that goal.
Prepares logisticians to analyze organizational culture in a production-focused environment, such as focused environment, such as flightlines flightlines, backshops, munitions storage areas, aerial ports, and storage and distribution centers to a few. This course is for students looking to advance their organization toward production excellence and who want to better understand how leading systematically can contribute to that goal.
This course provides a general overview of the United States Air Force USAF airworthiness process in the acquisition and sustainment of its systems. It presents policy, guides, and handbooks for practitioners to know the requirements, flow, and needed data for the approval of airworthiness.
The purpose of this online course is for students to understand DoD efforts to field resilient systems through Trusted Systems and Networks TSN methodology. TSN terms, policies, and requirements are discussed in the context of successful fielding of resilient systems. Since a continued awareness of information, communications, and technology ICT is critical to instill and maintain a DoD workforce, supply chain threats and vulnerabilities affecting mission critical hardware H/W and software S/W are discussed.
This course provides Airmen with an introduction to data analytic terms and concepts. Students are shown how to acquire data, conduct basic analysis, and leverage data to better inform data-driven decision making. Although this course is designed as a stand- alone course, it will also serve as a springboard to more advanced courses on data management and data analysis.
NOTE: This course was formally called WKSP 0658 – Data Analytics for the Rest of Us.” This two-day instructor-led course is designed for Air Force personnel as a foundational hands-on course. Students will apply Data Analytics techniques to solve case-based problems in a laboratory environment. Students will gain a basic understanding of conducting statistical analysis using Microsoft Excel® and several representative case studies/exercises on using data analytics to describe, diagnose, and predict various operations management challenges. Students will learn how to manipulate a large data set, including d descriptive statistics, pivot tables, charting and visualization techniques, formulas, text manipulation, data tables, concatenation, and parsing. Graduates will obtain immediate tools they can use to increase their job performance and Data Analytics acumen.
This course provides the analytic tradecraft knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by intelligence analysts to fulfill the Office of the Director of National Intelligence ODNI education requirements and the Secretary SecAF/Chief of Staff CSAF of the Air Force Strategic Master Plan SMP objective ISR.6.
NOTE: This course was formally called WKSP 0669 – Data Analytics for Senior Leaders.” This one-day instructor-led course is designed for Air Force personnel as a leadership course. Students explore the taxonomy of data analytics capabilities and the organizational maturity levels associated with its deployment. This strategic capability is surveyed through a systems approach to examine the implementation of data analytics competencies for various levels of the organization. Holistic considerations will be evaluated for how an organization can fully integrate data analytics into their business strategy by addressing the inevitable obstacles of implementing a more data-focused approach, to include challenges when data analysis-based conclusions cut against the organization’s conventional wisdom. A framework for creating a more data driven culture and the elements necessary to effect change in an organization will be discussed. Finally, attendees close the workshop by reviewing a case study from industry leaders to uncover best practices and replication opportunities for their organizations.
FAM is the Initial Skills Training course for military and civilian acquisition professionals. This course provides a foundational understanding for basic project management skills and an overview of Air Force/DoD acquisition. FAM is an interactive course where students immediately apply what they have learned and develop program documents such as: project schedule, cost estimates, and a program budget. Students will work in teams to build an acquisition strategy that incorporates risk management, a technical approach, a contract strategy, and a product support strategy. FAM covers a breadth of material such as critical thinking, negotiations, emotional intelligence and non-traditional methods/strategies such as: mid-tier section 804 acquisition, other transaction agreements, and agile software development.
Students will learn how to successfully apply project management knowledge and skills during project planning through readings, lectures, exercises, quizzes, and discussions. The primary audience of the course is Air Force military 63XX and civilian 1101 project managers at the 30-36 month point in their acquisition careers. It begins with a focused review of introductory project management principles and concepts drawn from the Project Management Institute’s PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge PMBOK. More advanced project management topics including comparative analysis, project planning, stakeholder management, communications management, time management, interest based negotiation, critical path management including alternatives to critical path, and earned value management are addressed through lecture, individual practice, and group exercises and discussions. The centerpiece of the course is a virtual project management simulation that allows students to practice and apply many of the concepts discussed in the course. The Air Force Defense Acquisition Career Manager DACM has deemed IPM 301 a fulfillment of the APDP Level II Program Manager requirement for DAUs PMT 252/257 courses as well as the APDP Level III Program Manager requirement for DAU EVM 263. Although this course does have a primary audience, it is open to all acquisition personnel on a space available basis.
The Industry Standard Project Management Workshop is a four-day instructor-led class that provides students with an understanding of the differences between Air Force and industry project management. This class teaches industry-standard project management as defined by the Project Management Institute PMI in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge PMBOK, which includes the project management framework, the ten knowledge areas, and the five process groups.
This course is required for all civilian and military Science and Technology Managers in AFRL. It is designed to give students the tools they need to plan and execute S&T programs. The course presents tailored information on the S&T program lifecycle, each functional management area, and technology transition. The course content is based on the latest policy, guidance, and best practices. JUSTIFICATON: AFRL has determined that their S&T workforce needs fundamental insights and a working knowledge of S&T program management as it currently exists in the laboratory acquisition process. TARGET AUDIENCE: Scientists, Engineers and Program Managers in AFRL and their supervisors.
This course will expose students to terminology, concepts, background, practices, and resources associated with supply management. Two major concepts will be emphasized: 1. Supply chain management--what it is, how it has been used successfully by commercial companies, and how its processes/practices can be applied to the USAF and 2. Fundamentals of the Supply Chain Operations Reference SCOR model and how it can be used to improve USAF logistics.
This course will expose students to the terminology, concepts, relationships, resources, and importance associated with forecasting, demand planning, and supply planning in USAF operations.
This course will expose students to terminology, concepts, relationships, resources, and importance associated with collaborative inventory planning in USAF operations.
This course will expose students to the concepts, benefits, and resources with item unique identification IUID in USAF operations.
This course is comprised of five modules. These modules describe logistics, its environment and the four logistics processes of acquisition, distribution, sustainment, and disposition. It is designed for new accessions and new practitioners in the logistics career fields. The course objectives are to provide new accessions and those new to logistics with a basic knowledge of logistics organizations processes and practices to orient new personnel in the logistics career fields and assist them in becoming productive logistics practitioners and to assist new logistics practitioners in understanding basic joint and AF doctrine.
This course is designed to further the professional capability of military and civilian personnel as entry level employees assigned to the Department of Defense Depot Maintenance System. Depot maintenance business processes are examined to include Core, 50/50, DSOR, partnering, environmental management, depot maintenance workload process and material support. Also, depot maintenance aircraft, depot maintenance exchangeables and other current depot issues will be discussed. Student centered exercises will emphasize problem analysis, decision making, and forecasting.
LOG 132 has three components:
The first component focuses on contracting fundamentals, providing PMS personnel with a comprehensive overview of the life cycle of Contracting, including the pre-award phase of Contracting (from planning to solicitation to award) the post award contract administration phase Conract Repair Team process and how the Defense Contract Management Agency can enhance repair completion. The second component provides the students with a series of local contractor facility visits. Students receive a contractor program overview and a tour of the contractor operations for a hands-on orientation of contractor processes. The third component involves the students participating in a seminar where students share their contractor experiences.This exchange of ideas and information focuses on what the students learned as it relates to their PMS duties.
In this course, we will discuss the concept, policies, and responsibilities of the LRS Quality Assurance Program contained in AFI 20- 112. Upon completion of this course, each student will understand the standardized method used to evaluate a unit’s compliance with Air Force, command, and local directives/policies. This course fulfills the requirement to qualify as an LRS QA Evaluator.
The course uses a variety of methods to explain and illustrate the relationships and inter-dependencies of logistics to its various components. Informal lectures, case study exercises, student presentations, and small group exercises are used to provide students with an understanding of acquisition, sustainment, distribution, supply chain management, the Air Force’s Enterprise Logistics Strategy and the associated Enterprise Logistics Information Systems, governance, contingency operations, and disposition. There is also a half-day logistics simulation that demonstrates the uncertainty in managing a supply chain, even with perfect information, and how this may lead to inaccurate decision making.
This course is designed to further the professional capability of military and civilian personnel as mid-level managers assigned to the Department of Defense Depot Maintenance System. Industrial maintenance management practices, operations, production management principles and analytical techniques are examined for suitability to enhance support of operational and combat forces. This course focuses on contemporary production management techniques to aid managers in problem solving, constraint resolution, decision making and demand forecasting.
This course is designed to further the professional capability of military and civilian personnel as mid-level managers assigned to the Department of Defense Depot Maintenance System. Industrial maintenance management practices, operations, production management principles and analytical techniques are examined for suitability to enhance support of operational and combat forces. This course is centered on student focused exercises which emphasize team work, problem analysis, resolution, decision making and forecasting.
The Critical Chain Project Management CCPM Foundational Concepts course provides students with an introduction to critical chain project scheduling procedures, management tools and processes, and organizational requirements. Topics are presented in sufficient depth to allow students to successfully participate in the transition to and sustainment of CCPM as a primary workload planning, scheduling, and execution tool for Programmed Depot Maintenance PDM and other project management activities. The course is designed for mid and upper level managers responsible for coordinating and directing the organizational resources, policies, and metrics necessary to implement and sustain CCPM. This course educates managers on the general theory of CCPM rather than providing training on any particular CCPM based scheduling software. In three class days, the course presents a detailed CCPM model and relates it to the Theory of Constraints, classical project scheduling, and continuous process improvement. Concepts are introduced through lecture, videos, and illustrated/reinforced through a number of simulations, exercises, and daily homework.
Provides base-level aircraft and munitions maintenance managers and logisticians with a survey of concepts and techniques from production operations management and related disciplines, with emphasis on identifying and defining issues, quantitative analysis of alternative courses of action, and effective communication of proposals and related costs and benefits up the chain of command. The course stresses practical application to actual challenges confronting base-level maintenance and logistics managers. Although several mathematical techniques are introduced, the course is specifically designed for managers who may not have any previous math background. Topics include group decision-making dynamics, continuous process improvement methods, capacity requirements planning, general scheduling theory, project management, systems management, basic statistics, and basic reliability and maintainability calculations.
This is a theater logistics-focused course that addresses the roles and responsibilities of logisticians deployed to support the full range of military operations. While this course is being taught through distance learning, it incorporates reading various materials, watching short videos and/or completing short online courses within each of the lessons. Following each lesson are discussion thread topics led by the instructors on the Canvas Learning Management System. Each student is required to respond to a discussion question and engage with their fellow students prior to proceeding to the next lesson objectives.
This course is designed to further the professional capability of military and civilian personnel as upper-level managers assigned to the Department of Defense Depot Maintenance System. Foundational concepts of industrial operations management will be discussed to include strategic planning and execution. Students will study current operational methodologies for strategic planning, forecasting and forming a business case analysis. Additionally, project scheduling and post project execution analysis will be explored.
LOG 399 is a 3-day course offered by the Logistics Management Department, AFIT School of Systems and Logistics and features presentations by guest lectures focusing on strategic logistic concepts and capabilities within the Department of Defense. Emphasis is on strategic sustainment and distribution processes and functions, such as distribution process ownership USTRANSCOM, strategic airlift AMC, and defense commodity management DLA. The course also covers joint and USAF logistics doctrine, the academic perspective on strategic logistics capabilities and concepts, along with strategic logistics issues peculiar to the student audience where the course is held. Participants address logistic concepts, best practices, challenges, and solutions in the strategic environment likely to be faced by USAF logisticians working sustainment issues.
This course will prepare you for strategic leadership positions with a major emphasis on enterprise level logistics competencies. The course will enhance your critical thinking skills about challenges you’ll face in multiple positions as senior logisticians. The course will include a comprehensive analysis of topics such as: 1. Financial management working capital funds. 2. Supply chain management depot maintenance workload sustainment PPBES programming. 3. Life cycle logistics joint logistics planning nuclear enterprise logistics. 4. Other current issues.
Initial Skills Training/Badge Awarding course for all new Air Force Officer accessions, Air Force Officer crossflows, and civilian new-hires into the Contracting career field 64P’s or 1102’s. Educates and prepares officers and civilians to assume positions as Mission Focused Business Leaders MFBL in Operational, Systems, Logistics, and Research and Development contracting offices. Course curriculum includes the Federal Acquisition Regulation, Air Force business environments, applicable laws/regulations, and hands-on exercises using applicable automated data systems.
QMT 290 is a blended-learning course the first phase is distance-learning, and the second phase is instructor-led. After you enroll in QMT 290 at the location/dates you prefer (assuming you meet the course prerequisites) you will automatically be enrolled in the distance learning phase of the course. Once enrolled in the distance led. After you enroll in QMT 290 at the location/dates you prefer (assuming you meet the course prerequisites) you will automatically be enrolled in the distance learning phase of the course. Once enrolled in the distance-learning phase, you will have a finite time to complete the distance have a finite time to complete the distance-learning coursework. You must complete the distance-learning coursework no later than two weeks prior to the start of the instructor-led phase. led phase.
A broad survey of basic reliability principles with emphasis on the acquisition life cycle, including how reliability affects cost, schedule, and performance. Focus is on using a proactive system reliability design approach and how to monitor improvements through management-led reliability growth programs. Mathematical topics are limited to basic concepts necessary to understand how reliability affects acquisition decisions. The course includes instructor led demonstrations and some in-class student assignments. Note: this course is aimed at the general acquisition workforce and is not a prerequisite to or a substitute for REL 310. Students wanting a more in- depth technical discussion of reliability should consider REL 310, or related reliability workshops, where applicable.
This four day course is designed for reliability practitioners. Students will be introduced to a wide range of reliability engineering concepts based on mathematical and statistical principles discussed in class. Students will use these technical concepts and statistical principles to analyze reliability data, draw conclusions from the data, and then to construct graphs and reports required in the acquisition process, for example, Test and Evaluation Master Plans. This course emphasizes a hands- on approach where students complete in -class exercises using AFIT provided software tools currently used in the industry. Note: Individuals wishing to take a less technical course on reliability should consider REL 210, Reliability Basics for Acquisition Professionals.
This course is for MAJCOM and HQ AF requirements managers and other stakeholders who participate in writing or reviewing AF-sponsored capability requirements documents. It provides an in-depth study of the activities necessary to identify, develop, and validate capability requirements documents in support of DOTLmLPF-P change recommendations and acquisition development and production decisions and milestones. Students participate in a group activity to demonstrate development of requirements and associated performance attributes. Students are exposed to best practices and lessons learned via case studies of actual AF- sponsored capability requirements documents.
This two-day course, designed for acquisition professionals, will introduce Science of Test SoT – a powerful methodology for test and evaluation that OSD requires to be present in every test program. The course will show how SoT is critical in the planning, design, execution, and analysis of test. SoT uniquely solves the twin challenges of test – how to vary test conditions to explore a broad battle space, while controlling the risks of making incorrect fielding decisions.
This one week course, designed for program office and ALC personnel, emphasizes classical design principles and teaches students basic techniques and processes needed to create a statistically rigorous and defensible test for military weapon systems. A well designed test can lead to reduced development lead time with fewer tests required, provide greater insight to system performance, and ultimately lead to fielding better, more reliable systems. The student will learn how to plan, conduct and analyze tests efficiently in this course.
This course defines and describes the software engineering book of knowledge (SWEBOK) lifecycle phases, how software engineering activities are managed through the Guidelines for Successful Acquisition and Management of Software-Intensive Systems (GSAM), and principle areas of interest and concern when working on a software intensive program. Students learn fundamental software engineering concepts used in the DOD, identify common software management, acquisition and engineering roles, and understand the Air Force’s principle software engineering concerns. SWE 201 is taught online by asynchronous distance learning.
The overall goal for the course is to provide a comprehensive review of the phases, processes and models used by the Air Force in the management of a software project. Topics include software source selection techniques, understanding and generating various project management metrics, creating an environment for success, dealing with failure and misconceptions, and how to interact with stakeholders. Students learn source selection techniques, understand software development and maintenance models, comprehend programmatic metrics, and understand factors that affect project success and customer relations. SWE 301 is taught online by asynchronous distance learning.
This course is designed to enhance the interaction of the Acquisition Workforce in the workplace and in teams. It will provide students an understanding of generational expectations, their potential impact on the changing workplace and tools to influence generational behavior in a positive manner. We will define the generations including myths and then delve into generational expectations and preferences in the areas of Communication and Engagement, Work- life Flexibility, Continual Development, Leadership of and by Generations.
This course is designed to provide participants with a forum for awareness, understanding, and promotion of effective interaction between members of an Integrated Product Teams IPTs, program offices, and other organizations. The course focuses on selfawareness, attitudes, and behaviors that create conflict and provide skills for managing and resolving conflict positively. The topics and exercises in this course are designed to enhance cooperation through proven conflict resolution approaches, group dynamics, dealing with difficult people, communication skills, and team building for group unity. Note: We can provide out-of-cycle classes and the structure of the course is such that it can be tailored so that we can train your entire team or a specialized group. Please contact AFIT School of Systems and Logistics for details.br /br /
Provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of data management and the importance of the data management function in an integrated product team (IPT). Topics covered include the following: Evaluating data requirements to achieve the goal of "minimum essential" being placed on contract. Ensuring the data being ordered are legally binding (authorized Data Item Descriptions) properly called out on the Contract Requirements List (DD Form 1423). Coordinating the data order through a data review process to achieve an accurate order tailored down to fit the program. Planning for and developing a Government Concept of Operations for an Integrated Digital Environment (IDE).
Air Force Materiel Command has recognized the acquisition community would benefit individually, and collectively, if a standardized process was established to help programs affected by cost, schedule, and/or performance issues. The AIR Process was initiated to fill the need for evaluating and assessing troubled programs by appointing a dedicated team of experts to conduct a review. The team defines and documents critical program issues, finds root causes, and subsequently provides specific and systemic recommendations to address the issues. These activities will be well documented and published to a centralized database and provided as exemplars to the acquisition workforce in order to provide a consolidated source of lessons learned for future efforts.
The purpose of this course is to provide students fundamental knowledge to begin understanding Air Force AF Life Cycle Risk Management LCRM. Fundamental knowledge includes basic definitions required to understand LCRM jargon, comparisons of LCRM taxonomy with other risk management taxonomies, and an overview of the AF LCRM process and guidance. Course Objectives: After completing this course, students will know the DoD definition of LCRM comprehend the differences between the DoD LCRM taxonomy and other popular taxonomies know the steps in the AF LCRM process comprehend the intent of each step and know AF policy on reporting Risk and performing LCRM.
Must attend, synergistic team- building class presented by dynamic, experienced and enthusiastic acquisition, program management and financial management professionals. The course combines lecture, extensive student interaction and hands on class room exercises that increase awareness and understanding of the acquisition process and enable effective interaction between DCMA and Air Force personnel in diverse disciplines including acquisition, program management, finance, engineering, technical, logistical and contracting. This class highlights the roles, organization and interaction of DCMA and AFMC Integrated Product Team (IPT) members in the context of Pre-Award, Post- Award and Contract Close Out processes. Additional guest lecturers provide insight into the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) roles and responsibilities in Air Force acquisition and program management. Attendance provides concrete team building skills and professional net working opportunities.
This introductory e-learning course provides students the knowledge to successfully integrate T&E into the early phases pre-Milestone B of an Air Force acquisition program. The goal is to begin preparing Air Force acquisition/sustainment personnel who are assigned T&E responsibilities to be effective members of the Air Force acquisition teams throughout a program’s life cycle starting with early involvement. Course Objective: The course provides students the knowledge on topics such as the Analysis of Alternatives process and outcome, the concept of programmatic trade space in cost, schedule, and performance, how Air Force testers contribute to formulation of an acquisition strategy, and how to program T&E strategy that is consonant with the acquisition strategy. Students will be introduced to the role of an Air Force Integrated Test Team ITT, how to identify the potential member organizations of an ITT, write an ITT Charter, and how the ITT relates to the overall program. Students will be introduced to concepts of evaluation criteria, data requirements, and test capabilities.
This introductory course examines typical activities that occur during the planning, execution, and reporting phases of developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) and operational test and evaluation (OT&E) supporting an acquisition program. The goal is to prepare Air Force acquisition/sustainment personnel assigned test and evaluation responsibilities to be effective members of the acquisition team throughout a program’s life cycle.
Interest Based Negotiations develops students’ interest-based negotiation skills and strengthens their knowledge of intellectual property rights. The education combines faculty lectures with student participation in a role-playing scenario stimulating a realistic DoD acquisition. The scenario is designed to illustrate many issues that commonly arise in real procurement negotiations. Students are assigned one of six roles, which include both government and contractor characters. The students will gain knowledge of intellectual property rights, interest-based negotiation, interactive exercises, and debriefing sessions after each round of negotiation in the scenario.
In this course, the goal is to introduce acquisition professionals to Human Systems Integration (HSI) across the acquisition lifecycle. There is currently limited understanding of HSI this course will discuss the nine HSI domains, and the why, what, and who of HSI with regard to the development and sustainment of systems. HSI implications to acquisition programs have not traditionally been given the emphasis they warrant. DODI 5000.02 and AFI 63-101 require that program managers (PMs) implement a plan for HSI early in the program life cycle and that HSI considerations are included in all key acquisition documents. This course will give acquisition professionals the knowledge needed to comply with these requirements.
The internet based Contract Depot Maintenance Repair Process course is composed of various modules and exercises to demonstrate the contract repair process employed by AFMC and the Air Logistics Complexes ALCs. The Contract Depot Maintenance Repair Process course addresses the objectives of the process, what types of contracts and incentives to use, how the results should be measured and who the responsible parties are for various elements of the process.
This self-paced, web-based course introduces students to the importance of applying SE to acquisition and sustainment programs, provides an overview of SE concepts and process elements, and describes the interactions between SE and other functional areas.
A course for all who manage, design, and support systems containing items whose failure would directly result in loss of an air vehicle or loss of life. This internet-based course will enable students to achieve a basic comprehension of Critical Safety Item (CSI) management within the Air Force. It provides a simple overview of CSIs--what they are, why and to whom they are important, and the policies, processes and procedures for managing them. COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student should comprehend: 1) the overall role of acquisition and sustainment personnel in identification and management of CSIs and 2) the role of CSIs (identification and management) in the Systems Engineering (SE) environment.
This course includes nine modules and is an introduction to the three distinct areas of Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health, or ESOH, risk management using the DOD Standard Practice for System Safety, MIL-STD-882D. Students will be able to recognize the ESOH regulatory drivers. In addition, students will acquire an understanding of the Programmatic ESOH Evaluation PESHEdocument requirement and the integration of ESOH into Systems Engineering and the 882D. Students will be able to recognize the ESOH regulatory drivers. In addition, students will acquire an understanding of the Programmatic ESOH Evaluation PESHEdocument requirement and the integration of ESOH into Systems Engineering and the a acquisition Strategy. Upon completion, s students will be able to identify the ESOH aspects of Systems Engineering.
This course comprises six modules that describe and illustrate the integration of Environment, Safety, & Occupational Health ESOH principles into the systems engineering process using the DOD Standard Practice for System Safety, MIL-STS-882D. The course will identify ESOH considerations and illustrate how to develop and apply an ESOH risk management approach. It will relate those ESOH considerations to the systems engineering inputs, outputs, activities, and analyses for the Materiel Solution Analysis and Technology Development phases of the DOD System Acquisition framework described in the DUSDI&E-DUSDA&T publication, ESOH in Acquisition - Integrating ESOH Integrating ESOH into Systems Engineering.
Course for employees who integrate ESOH into the Acquisition Strategy and Systems Engineering processes or manage the people who use those processes. Describes and illustrates the integration of ESOH principles into the systems engineering process during the Engineering and Manufacturing Development, Production and Deployment, and Operations and Support phases of the DoD System Acquisition Framework. Justification: DoDI 5000.02, AFI 63-101, and 63 101, and 63-1201 require integration of ESOH into the systems engineering process using MIL-STD-882D
***COMPLETION OF SYS 118, INTRODUCTION TO LIFE CYCLE RISK MANAGEMENT, IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BEFORE ATTENDING THIS COURSE*** This course covers the basics of acquisition/program risk and how to effectively manage risk throughout a program's life cycle to achieve program goals within cost and schedule constraints. New DoD and Air Force regulations and guidance related to Life Cycle Risk Management (LCRM) are covered. The five-step LCRM process is introduced and tools and techniques associated with this process are explained. Students work in simulated Integrated Product Teams on a real-world acquisition exercise to apply these techniques to help reinforce the concepts and importance of program risk management.
The Technology Readiness Assessment TRA Course provides instruction for Scientists and Engineers and Acquisition personnel who may support a formal TRA for a given project. The goals are for the students to understand: 1 when and why they should conduct a TRA. 2 their roles and responsibilities for conducting a TRA, 3 what a program manager within a program office needs to do for planning and supporting required TRAs, and 4 how to plan, conduct and participate on a team performing a TRA.
The Management of the Manufacturing Readiness Process Course is intended to prepare the student to integrate the DoD Manufacturing Readiness Level MRL Deskbook criteria and the DoD Manufacturing Readiness Level assessment process into the acquisition life cycle of DoD Programs and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul MRO activities. The course will use examples based on actual DoD MRL Assessments, as well as the DoD MRL Deskbook, to educate students on the proper use of MRL criteria/methodology to assess the readiness of the critical manufacturing elements associated with DoD activities. The course will also prepare the student to immediately participate in and/or conduct accurate MRL assessments and prepare a defensible MRL Assessment Report on DoD activities. The target student audience will consist of acquisition professionals who will be members of a Manufacturing Readiness Level Assessment team and other acquisition professionals program managers, Science & Technology personnel, logistics managers, etc. who have non-technical roles in the MRL assessment process. The course will provide the student with knowledge of existing policy, guides and deskbooks/handbooks as a set of information that allows the MRL practitioner to use the MRL assessment process to fit the unique needs of all DoD activities that need to address manufacturing readiness. Students will also become familiar with integrating MRL criteria and Manufacturing Readiness Level assessment process into contract language. COURSE OBJECTIVE: Students will learn how MRL criteria/methodology and MRAs are applicable throughout the lifecycle of DoD programs. Students will understand MRL terminology, the meaning of Manufacturing Readiness Levels MRLs, the use of best practices, how to properly conduct an MRA, and how to manage manufacturing risk. Students will also become familiar with integrating MRL criteria and MRAs into contract language
This course addresses specific aspects of cybersecurity related to aircraft avionic systems, going beyond traditional information technology systems. The course presents a five step vulnerability assessment and mitigation process, in which students learn how to discover, analyze, and consider mitigation of vulnerabilities in an avionic system. Significant topic areas including key cyber terms, factors related to cyber vulnerabilities and attacks, and how avionic systems are vulnerable to attacks. Real world examples of commercial exploitations are discussed to highlight system susceptibilities. In addition, the course will describe the principles of cyber hardening and resiliency and their relationship to protecting avionics systems. The course presents different hardening and resiliency approaches, and which approaches are appropriate given adversary attack methodologies, challenges, processes, and available access paths.
This 24-CLP comprehension-level course will prepare Air Force personnel engaged in T&E execution or management to be effective members of the acquisition team with emphasis on early influence in an acquisition program. Program office members will learn why test planning and tester involvement needs to be solicited early, pre-Milestone A, for a successful program as well as the testing activities that should be occurring throughout the life cycle. Test organization members will gain an understanding of the program office’s equities and what program objectives are accomplished through testing as well as why, when, and how testers should be involved early in the life cycle. There is a scenario- based exercise integrated into the experience that has the students apply the information learned within a notional weapon system program.
This comprehension-level course builds upon the foundational knowledge from SYS 169 Introduction to Human Systems Integration (HSI). It will help students comprehend the role of HSI as part of the systems engineering process in the Requirements, Acquisitions, and Sustainment lifecycle phases by answering the questions: “How?", “When?", and “Where?” for HSI. Graduates will comprehend how HSI is woven throughout the entire lifecycle and where to find technical assistance in order to help Requirements Developers, Acquisitions and Sustainment personnel make timely, effective, and efficient technical and programmatic decisions.
SYS 281 provides a general overview of the latest in acquisition and sustainment policy, processes, management tools, and reform initiatives. The course delivers critical knowledge of current acquisition and sustainment hot topics, and is laced with real world examples, actual program results, and topical videos. The three core processes of AF acquisition are reviewed, as well as the primary strategic roadmaps driving weapon system sustainment. The foundational processes of test, systems engineering, risk management and evolutionary acquisition are emphasized as well. Unique acquisition peculiarities associated with space, cyberspace, and defense business systems are also covered. The sustainment arena is reviewed from the retail, wholesale, and combat perspectives, to include an overview of depot operations. Core process changes associated with sustainment are discussed, to include supply chain management, high velocity maintenance, condition based maintenance, and predictive maintenance. A wealth of acquisition references, websites, guidebooks, and management tools are also provided. A must course for all involved with Air Force acquisition and support.
There is a need for all acquisition professionals to understand the interdisciplinary and cross- functional nature of Systems Engineering (SE), and the benefits of following a sound SE process. This course provides the knowledge and understanding necessary to meet this need. Students (engineers and non- engineering professionals) are introduced to SE concepts and the SE process. The activities and tools for implementing and managing the SE process during various phases of the system life cycle, and the interactions between SE and other disciplines/functions are discussed. Exercises give students the opportunity to apply SE tools to the acquisition and sustainment life cycle.
SYS341 is an intensive 40-hour, instructor-led course that includes eight small-group exercises in which attendees apply principles learned in the class to a representative case study weapon system. SYS341 provides students assigned as Security Control Assessors and Representatives SCA/SCAR, weapon system program office Information System Security Managers ISSM, weapon system engineers, developmental and operational DT/OT testers and Mission Defense Team MDT members with the knowledge required to conduct architectural analyses to identify cybersecurity threats to weapon system designs and to assess and mitigate the cybersecurity vulnerabilities associated with those designs. The focus of SYS341 is on weapon systems in the sustainment phase of the system development lifecycle. Course Objective: 1. Know core requirements of cyber risk assessments and authorization packages 2. Assess the cybersecurity mission risk to a weapon system 3. Build an acceptable authorization package
***PLEASE DO NOT APPLY UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED SYS 183 TO AVOID APPLICATION DISAPPROVAL.*** This course teaches the process of and motivation behind using integrated architectures as a key decision support tool in the Air Force. Students are instructed on the integrated architecture requirements imposed by DoD and AF processes and the standard tools to support creating, analyzing, and using integrated architectures and architecture products. Career field Requirement/Impact: Weapon System Architectures are required by DoD and AF processes. Similarly, Enterprise Architectures are required to meet Laws, Regulations and Policies, as well as to integrate the planning and execution of DoD capabilities. Without an understanding of “why architecture,” practitioners will likely expend resources checking squares without providing decision-quality information to DoD and AF Leaders .Utilization of graduates: Acquisition Program Offices (mainly, but no exclusively, system engineering) AF MAJCOM/JS/COCOM staffs particularly in the A8/J8, A5/J5, and A6/J6 organizations dealing with strategic planning, requirements, capabilities, and information infrastructure.
This course is an outstanding opportunity to learn or refresh on issues and initiatives impacting experienced acquisition and support professionals. Topics vary from class to class, in part to reflect the most recent changes, but also to accommodate the schedules of expert guest speakers. The course enables students to listen to and engage with the experts, there is generally a different speaker or facilitator for each topic presented. The course is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn from one another as they gather together from different functions, jobs, bases, and backgrounds to share knowledge and experience during roundtable discussions. Students thus benefit from exposure to the wide range of current topics in the acquisition and support arenas, helping to assess the impacts to their roles and responsibilities.
The chief engineer course prepares students to integrate a working knowledge of chief engineer roles, responsibilities, and concepts into their daily interactions with program management, logistics, financial management, and contracting personnel to influence the outcome of a balanced system design that supports programmatic reality within programmatic constraints of cost and schedule that impacts performance.
This course provides Airmen an opportunity to explore fundamental data analysis to manipulate data using Microsoft® Excel as a foundational analysis tool. An Airmen’s data analytics journey ultimately arrives at this crucial stage where the data in use will need proper formatting and reorganizing through a process known as data manipulation. Following this short course, students will be able to navigate through data contained in spreadsheets more efficiently and apply time-saving techniques to data sets through the use of several special built-in functions, user- created formulas and logical functions. Students will be able to immediately apply what they have learned within their organizations and be confident in taking the next steps in their data journey.
This workshop covers user specific Program Management PM education and consultation within the following areas: PM, Systems Engineering, Earned Value, Contracting, Financial Management, Schedule Management, Cost Estimating, Industry Standards in PM, Strategy Development, Other PM areas as requested by the customer. NOTE: The length of this workshop varies on location and instruction. 0 CLPs are automated through ACQNowCL students will be given a course completion certificate to specify/justify the amount of CLPs earned during the workshop they attended. COST: This workshop is NOT centrally funded, organizations requesting this workshop may be responsible to provide funding for items such as: instructor travel, books, handout printing, and other needed course materials.
Should Cost Workshop is intended for all acquisition personnel from product centers, air logistics centers, test centers, laboratories or headquarters from any major command who are involved with implementing Should Cost Initiatives SCIs on their program. Participants can be from any acquisition career field program management, contracting, cost analysis, financial management, logistics, test, engineering, etc. Participants should have a general knowledge of the key programmatic and financial aspects of their program and a thorough understanding of the program from their own functional perspective. This workshop is open to and applicable to government and contractor support personnel tuition fees will apply to contractors from the acquisition and sustainment communities.
The workshop is designed to help Air Force program/project teams IPTs develop business acumen, work effectively with industry partners, and negotiate better business deals in support of the Air Force mission. Students will learn 1 how stock market data can be found and analyzed 2 how to read, apply, and relate various financial statements, 3 how industry makes investment decisions and what motivates those decisions, 4 the difference between cash flow and profitability, and 5 basic principles for successful negotiations.
This workshop demonstrates the impact of an organization’s culture on its strategy, its execution, and ultimately its performance. The workshop provides some common terminology and several frameworks to examine, discuss, and ultimately reinforce or change an organization’s culture and/or production systems to achieve organizational alignment. A complimentary topic emphasizing systematic leadership is also covered. Each subject begins with an academic treatment of the subject and follows with students analyzing several case studies in the form of popular movie clips that illustrate the concepts. Finally, each subject is closed with a facilitated group discussion asking students to apply the concepts to their own unit. Block 1, Organizational Culture: Topics include how Organizational Culture impacts Organizational Performance, Cultural Frames of Reference, Schein’s Levels of Culture, and Johnson’s Cultural Web. Block 2, Production Systems: Topics include how Organizational Structure impacts Organizational Performance, Leadership Behaviors, Integrated Operating Systems, and Key Unifying Processes. Block 3, Achieving Alignment: Topics include how Achieving Alignment impacts Organizational Performance, Strategic Drift, and Kotter's Change Process Model. Block 4, Leading Systematically: Topics include Benefits of an Effective Leadership System, the Organizational Health Model, Leadership Behaviors, and Leadership Team Meetings.
This purpose of this workshop is to provide education and consultation in cyber-related topics for Air Force weapon systems such as systems security engineering, program protection, risk assessments, requirements, system analysis, and logistics.
This workshop covers the basics of defense business system acquisitions, and how to effectively manage Defense Business Systems DBS throughout the Business Capability Acquisition Cycle BCAC to achieve program goals within cost and schedule constraints. Air Force AF regulations and guidance related to BCAC and DBS Acquisitions are covered. The five- phase BCAC process is introduced and tools and techniques associated with this process are explained. Students work in simulated Integrated Product Teams on real-world acquisition exercises to apply these techniques to help reinforce the concepts and importance of DBS acquisition management.
This workshop focuses on the top- level basics of supply chain management, to i include process improvement, risk management, and overview of management tools. Topics included in this workshop are: 1. Supply Chain SC Examples – Commercial vs Department of Defense DoD 2. Current DoD/Air Force AF Supply Chain Environment 3. Key Links in the AF Supply Chain 4. The 15 DoD Supply Chain Enablers 5. Supply Chain Management Models SCOR & JSCA 6. Key AF Supply Chain Metrics 7. Supply Chain Risk Management including cyber intrusions 8. AF Supply Chain Command & Control Commercial vs Department of Defense DoD 2. Current DoD/Air Force AF Supply Supply Chain Environment 3. Key Links in the AF Supply Chain 4. The 15 DoD Supply Chain Enab Enablers 5. Supply Chain Management Models SC SCOR & JSCA 6. Key AF Supply Chain Metrics 7. Supply Chain Risk Management including cyber intrusions 8. AF Supply Chain Command & Control – The Supply Chain Wings 9. Supply Chain Management Tools
This workshop focuses on maturing a data analytics capability from predictive to prescriptive. The emphasis is on using systems dynamics to develop process models utilizing data analytics methodologies to identify and exploit system constraints, decrease waste, and reduce variation. Topics include relational databases, introduction to programming, optimization, and advanced data analytics techniques. Students should be comfortable working with Microsoft Excel and have some mathematical aptitude. A recommended prerequisite is AFIT Data Analytics for the Rest of Us, although not required.
This workshop will cover the services acquisition 7-step process with a specific focus on step 4 – requirements definition. Workshop top topics include: requirements elicitation techniques, how to document requirements in a services acquisition environment, risk identification and risk management principles, and developing a cost estimate for services acquisition projects.
Data Analytics is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after capabilities within the professional world. It has been said that Knowledge is Power and those who can manage and make sense of the 2.5 billion gigabytes of data we amass everyday can harness that power. Strategic data analytic capability has yielded phenomenal results throughout numerous industries to include the Federal Government and the DoD at large. Presidential Elections, Major League Baseball Teams, Major Online Retailers and even Defense Contractors… have all successfully used Data Analytics to gain a competitive advantage, cut operation and production costs, speed up delivery, generate precise forecasts and ultimately make better decisions. This workshop will explore various tools and techniques required to achieve the results garnered by leading edge, high-performing organizations. We also discuss intermediate statistical techniques and how to leverage them utilizing popular Data Analytics tools commonly found on our computers today: Microsoft Excel, Access, Structured Query Language SQL, Tableau, R and R-Studio. Graduates of this workshop will be prepared to apply what they’ve learned to take an active role in their organization’s data analytics, directly contributing to data-driven de decision making.
Take the next step in your Data Analytics journey, applying the tools you mastered in Data Analytics Tools and Techniques. This workshop will build on what you have already learned to solve a real world problem you may be facing in your organization today. In an immersive five day workshop, you will work in dynamic teams using industry tools and statistical methods to uncover keen insights about an assigned case while further adding to your Data Analytics toolkit. You will learn how to diagnose a problem using data analytics while producing a solution, predicting the outcome and finally visually communicating your solution with confidence. Tools used in this workshop are: Microsoft Excel, Access, Structured Query Language SQL, Tableau, R and R-Studio. Graduates of this workshop will be prepared to lead data analytics projects within their organizations, helping foster a more data-driven culture.
These workshops will focus on information from the Services Acquisition community. Topics will include but are not limited to: *Mon @ 0930 ET Intro to Services and the7-step process model *Mon @ 1330 ET Stakeholder identification and Analysis *Tue @ 1300 ET Requirement Elicitation Techniques *Wed @ 1300 ET Requirement Analysis and Writing *Thu @ 0930 ET Basics of Risk Mgt *Thu @ 1330 ET Intro to Cost Estimating *Fri @ 1300 ET Surveillance and the QASP Performance Management.
A high level introduction to the agile approach and how it is applied to agile software development. An overview of scrum highlights the application of the agile iterative and incremental approach. This introduction goes a step further to outline the implementation of DevOps and the application of security measures to DevOps, which results in DevSecOps.
This workshop will take a look at some of the frequent causes of “self- induced” actions that result in lost productivity. Reviewing mistakes frequently made by others should help students recognize when these types of mistakes are happening within their own organization and eliminate them. In many cases, it is very easy to understand when a process is not performing well. What is difficult to understand is why our efforts are sometimes fruitless. It can seem like we are in a vicious cycle and cannot escape. Sometimes the actions taken to resolve problems are like putting water on “smoke,” thinking this is the most effective way to extinguish a “fire.” Taking the right action at the right time is the most effective way to mitigate these undesirable effects and escape a vicious cycle. This workshop is based on The Theory of Constraints.
This workshop will introduce key terminology related to the Theory of Constraints TOC and familiarize students with the five focusing steps as well as basic TOC principles.
This workshop is an opportunity to bring the latest topics to the Air Force general populace in a short, 2- hour online format. Most presentations will be live-streamed video presentations from senior leaders and policy makers. The intent is to provide a platform for continued updates and education of AF people outside the traditional classroom using technology to deliver content to where you are today. Offerings will vary, depending on the speaker or topic being presented. This streaming offering of WKSP0681 will be held for 2 hours, on the dates and at the times indicated in each offering. Presentations will be broadcast live via MS Teams video. Registration will close one work day prior to each workshop and students will be notified of the URL to join the MS Teams session. Students do NOT need to have an MS Teams account, but will be given GUEST access to the session. Specific computer configuration and connection information will be provided upon registration. Successful completion of this workshop earns 2 CLPs.
These are exciting times for the Air Force. Lots of new technology and weapon system platforms flowing into our service. You may have seen in the news terms like nanotechnology, additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence AI, unmanned vehicles, robotics, etc. If you are interested in learning more about these current and future tech efforts, consider a one hour webinar being offered by AFIT. In it, we will explore these and other technologies in a distance learning, live video format. Microsoft Teams offers an opportunity for you to learn from a distance and join others from around the AF to discuss and ask questions. In addition to examining drones, AI, lasers, hypersonics, robotics, 3D Printing, and other initiatives, the Webinar will also cover some of the main R&D providers for the AF, particularly AFRL, AFIT, “Think Tanks”, and the Skunk Works.
This workshop is designed to identify your core cadre and how to improve your cadre's communication in the traditional and virtual workplace. 3 Weeks – 2.5 hours a week self-paced and 1.5 hours live discussions on MS Teams.
This workshop will introduce the generations that make up today's US Air Force and show trends for how each prefer to communicate.
Design of Experiments DOE is a powerful test methodology recommended by DoD leadership for the development and implementation of rigorous Test and Evaluation T&E programs. This workshop, designed for all DoD personnel, provides foundational understanding of essential DOE techniques, with emphasis on both statistical and non-quantitative elements. Graduates will gain immediate skills for increased engagement within test planning teams, whose ultimate goal is an efficient and effective approach for understanding system performance and delivering quality information to decision makers.
Design of Experiments DOE is a powerful test methodology recommended by DoD leadership for the development and implementation of rigorous Test and Evaluation T&E programs. This workshop, designed for DoD test practitioners, engineers and analysts, reinforces and expands the techniques discussed in Foundational Concepts WKSP 0686, with emphasis on the DOE process and the methodical employment of tailored statistical tools. Graduates will gain immediate skills for building defensible test and analysis plans, whose ultimate goal is an efficient and effective approach for understanding system performance and delivering quality information to decision makers.
SCRM 200 is an initial course design to build a foundation and highlight the current threats and risks facing the Air Force supply chain. The SCRM 200 course provides a range of topics from adversarial and non-adversarial threats, counterfeit parts, DoD policies, cybersecurity, and future technology. Additionally, SCRM 200 will explore the global supply chain to demonstrate the Air Force position in the commercial environment as well as show where and when SCRM activities take place. Once students have completed this introductory course into supply chain risk management, they will have the tools and education needed to protect their organization's supply chain. This course is designed for the Air Force logistics community but is open to all members of the DoD family.
This 4-hour live internet based workshop introduces the generations that make up today's Operational Logistics Organizations Maintenance, Logistics Readiness, Aerial Port and discusses the trends for how each prefer to communicate. The workshop will be offered to personnel from a single unit for each offering live on MS Teams. If you would like to host an offering please contact the Course Director Jerry Stonecipher at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students are required to have a computer with a microphone, preferably a camera, and will be required to test MS Teams access prior to the offering and complete a pre-workshop exercise.
This course provides Airmen with an introduction to different types of data and associated architectures used for storage and retrieval for different purposes. It covers relational and non-relational databases, database design, choice of database, and issues associated with Big Data. Although this course is designed as a stand-alone course, most of the topics will be studied in greater depth in other course in the DES tract.
This course provides Airmen with a working knowledge of the SQL relational database system. This course addresses database planning and design, data loading and management, and simple to advance SQL querying. It is taught using the MySQL variant of SQL. This course will give the data scientist sufficient knowledge and competency to use SQL databases for data storage and SQL queries to both extract answers to certain types of questions and extract data for data science activities beyond SQL’s capabilities.
This course provides Airmen with a working knowledge of the administration and management of SQL relational database systems. This course addresses issues of information governance, administering roles and permissions, the concept of ETL Extract, Transform, and Load, database automation, data warehouses versus transactional databases, and data quality tools. Microsoft’s SQL Server will be used through the course, providing students experience with an industry database server suitable for the needs of large enterprises and small organizations. While WKSP 0702 focused on general SQL topics that a Data Scientist would need, WKSP 0703 goes more into the implementation, loading, management, and administration of relational databases.
This course provides Airmen with This course provides Airmen with both an overview of the Big Data analysis landscape and a working knowledge of the tools that are most useful in doing data analysis. It goes into the core components of Hadoop, namely its file structure and MapReduce querying language. Then it explores the low- level HBase database system with primarily CRUD capability. It explores in detail several query languages that sit on top of MapReduce and/or HBase namely, Apache Phoenix, Hive, and Pig. Some of the Hadoop data management tools such as Oozie, Sqoop, and Zookeeper are introduced to give the student an orientation to them.
This course provides Airmen with an introduction to data research through management of a project under a life- cycle plan. Students will understand the components of a project and learn how to see a project to completion from project initiation through project closing. Additionally, students will learn how to evaluate the end state of a project to plan for future approaches or prepare for any future issues. Although this course is designed as a stand-alone course, it will also serve as a springboard to more advanced courses on machine learning and other advanced analytical techniques.
This course provides Airmen a look into the multi-disciplinary aspect of data research. Students will discuss how to apply various analytical tools and techniques to be more informed decision makes and to solve complex problems found in the exponentially expanding data collected by organizations today. Students will also go more in-depth in data exploration, data management, linear programming and optimization to build models within Excel to find or define the solution space. They will gain a basic understanding of the theoretical assumptions of these models and the abilities and limitations such models inherently provide. At the end of the course students will get an introduction to R-studio and programming in R. This is an intermediate course on data analysis tools and techniques for students familiar with Excel and limited understanding of object oriented programming.
This course provides Airmen an advanced look at the statistical theory used in data research analysis utilizing R-Studio programming. Students will get an initial refresher in the essentials of coding in R before delving into data summarization, statistical probability, data visualizations, inferential statistics and stochastic modeling within R. Students will understand how to apply the results of the statistical models/programs to make more informed and impactful decisions. This is an advanced course in data research methods for students familiar with the basics of statistical theory within data analysis and programming in R.
This course provides Airmen an introduction and detailed look at the specific realm of data research known as statistical learning. Students will understand supervised and unsupervised learning, when to use linear regression or classification regression. Additionally resampling methods and model validations are discussed and implemented. The regularization of model selection through subset, dimensional reduction and ridge regression are examined. Finally, Tableau visualizations are implemented upon the statistical learning results to tell a story to the decision makers and stock holders. This is an advanced course in data research for students familiar with statistical theory and modeling methods. Additionally students should have experience with R-studio.
This course provides Airmen with an introduction to data science through basic Python coding skills. Students are shown the importance of data science and develop necessary statistical foundations to work with data and conduct basic analysis to better inform data-driven decision making. Although this course is designed as a stand-alone course, it will also serve as a springboard to more advanced courses on machine learning and other advanced analytical techniques.
This course provides an introduction to machine learning utilizing Python/Jupyter Notebook as the primary software tool. Students will learn the fundamentals of artificial intelligence and how to apply it to systems to generate machine learning programs. These programs will automatically access and analyze data using varying statistical techniques to quickly and efficiently output numerical results. This is an advanced course on Data Science designed for students with both familiarity of Python and advanced statistics.
This course provides Airmen with an introduction to Natural Language Processing NLP and Neural Networks NN utilizing Python/Jupyter Notebook. Students will understand the fundamentals of natural language data and how to program systems to automatically ingest and analyze the information. Additionally, students will understand how to interconnect artificially intelligent systems to tackle complex data problems that require multiple computing programs to solve. This is an advanced course on data science designed for students with both familiarity of Python and machine learning.
This workshop is an outstanding opportunity for journeyman/senior- level cost practitioners to learn about issues and initiatives impacting their jobs as acquisition cost estimators. Due to the dynamic acquisition and cost estimating environments, along with cost estimators level cost practitioners to learn about issues and initiatives impacting their jobs as acquisition cost estimators, along with cost estimators’ busy schedules, cost analysts are challenged to keep up with the multitude of policy changes. This 2.5 day workshop covers many of the critical topics that impact accurate cost estimating. Topics will vary somewhat between each annual offering in order to address the most recent changes to policy and instruction. The workshop enables students to engage with various experts for the topics presented. Also, this workshop is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn from each other. Students benefit from exposure to the wide range of current topics in the acquisition and support arenas that helps them assess the impacts to their roles and responsibilities as cost estimators.