Army Initial Acquisition Training: An Analysis of Costs and Benefits
Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States
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This research estimates the costs of training and educating Army Acquisition officers using three different courses of action. We analyze the most cost effective means for an officer to earn a graduate degree, complete military education level four and satisfy technical training requirements of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act. The most cost-effective alternative is to accomplish these concurrently while attending the Naval Postgraduate School NPS. We also informally assess that, relative to the alternative courses of action, the NPS alternative has more benefits due to the defense focus of the degree and because all of the educational requirements are completed in the shortest amount of time, which benefits the Army. Our research provides senior leaders recommendations for the least costly way of developing a highly trained Acquisition Corps.