An Analysis of Training Requirements and Competencies for the Naval Acquisition Systems Engineering Workforce
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NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC POLICY
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This research provides an analysis of the training required by the Defense Acquisition University DAU for Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act DAWIA certification in the Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering SPRDE -- Systems Engineering SE career field. This training curriculum was compared and contrasted with the actual knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform as a proficient naval acquisition systems engineer as determined by the Naval Postgraduate School SE Competency Model, as well as by DAUs own SPRDE Competency Model. Learning objectives also were compared to overarching course objectives to determine the consistency of the curriculum itself. It was found that a large gap in training exists. Only 27 percent of the KSAs needed by naval acquisition systems engineers are addressed in the SPRDE training curriculum, and the SPRDE-SE curriculum does not accurately reflect the 29 competencies identified in the DAU SPRDE Competency Model. Less than half of the course objectives were consistently supported by associated learning objectives, suggesting a weakness in the curriculum. Proper training of this highly specialized workforce is imperative to assure successful acquisition programs. The DAU SPRDE curriculum provides DAWIA certification and some foundational learning, but more must be done to provide comprehensive training.
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