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Principles of Defense Procurement and Contracting (MASL P159202)


Upcoming course dates:  31 October- 11 November 2016 and 20 - 31 March 2017.

Key Course Objectives

  • Provide course participants with an understanding of the fundamental concepts and challenges associated with national and global defense contracting and procurement.
  • Examine requirements definition and tendering and sourcing methodologies with a focus on the characteristics of efficient and effective contract and procurement systems.
  • Assist countries in their efforts to develop and institutionalize transparent, efficient and effective contract and procurement systems.

This course provides a practical examination of defense procurement and contracting issues. It includes a comparative analysis of the United States, European Union and NATO models of contracting. It is taught by resident and adjunct faculty from both the School of International Graduate Studies and the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy of the US Naval Postgraduate School.  Faculty lectures are augmented by presentations from distinguished practitioners who are subject matter experts in various topics within acquisition and logistics.

Course Topics

  • Defense Procurement & Contracting Overview
  • Legal Aspects of Contracting (Contract Law, Formation, and Interpretation)
  • Transparency, Fraud & Ethics
  • Acquisition Planning
  • Competition (International Competitive Bidding through Directed Single Sourcing)
  • Contracting for Services
  • Outsourcing
  • Supplier Source Selection
  • Foreign Military Sales / Foreign Military Financing and Offsets
  • Contract Management
  • Case Study with Working Group Briefings
  • Guest Speakers
  • Reading Assignments with Discussions



This course is designed for US and international military officers and civilian equivalents of grades 04-06 who directly or indirectly contribute to procurement and contracting from a policy or operational perspective (materiel planners, requirements developers, end users, contract managers, analysts, tender evaluators, contract negotiators, and source selection decision makers). Countries are encouraged to nominate more than one participant.




U.S. Applicants should complete the form below to pre-register for a resident course. 

U.S. Applicant Registration Form

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