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Unlocking Success in International Acquisition: Introducing the CACQ-012 Credential from Defense Acquisition University

Lately, it's hard to miss the constant stream of news about Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, and the complex dynamics involving countries like Russia, China, South Korea, and Iran. If you're a member of…

Unlocking Success in International Acquisition: Introducing the CACQ-012 Credential from Defense Acquisition University

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Michelle McKamy (Professor of International Acquisition)

Lately, it's hard to miss the constant stream of news about Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, and the complex dynamics involving countries like Russia, China, South Korea, and Iran. If you're a member of the U.S. DoD Acquisition Workforce, you might wonder if you're equipped to offer program support when the need arises. If your answer is no, we have a solution that can bridge your knowledge gap and instill confidence in your ability to engage in international acquisitions.

On November 8, 2023, Defense Acquisition University (DAU) introduced its CACQ-012 – International Acquisition/Security Cooperation for Program Managers credential. This credential is designed to empower Program Managers with the skills and knowledge necessary to proficiently plan and execute International Acquisition and Exportability (IA&E) activities. By doing so, it aims to enhance acquisition outcomes, both for the Department of Defense (DoD) and its international partners, aligning with the objectives of the National Defense Strategy.

CACQ-012 is not exclusive to Program Managers alone; it is open to professionals in various acquisition Functional Areas, including those who are part of the DoD Security Cooperation Workforce (SCW) and other DoD personnel involved in program/project-level IA&E planning and management.

The credential program comprises two online training courses, culminating in a 20-question capstone exam:

  • INT 1110 International Acquisition/Security Cooperation Foundation: This online training course equips students with the knowledge and skills required to apply U.S. Government (USG) and DoD IA&E concepts and policies. It explores the dynamics involved in establishing various DoD international acquisition transactions throughout the acquisition lifecycle.
  • INT 2110 International Acquisition/Security Cooperation Program Management: This online course delves into higher-level IA&E best practices, as applied by DoD Program Management Office (PMO) and Integrated Product Team (IPT) organizations. It empowers students to apply their knowledge of DoD IA&E and DoD Security Cooperation concepts throughout the acquisition lifecycle.

This credential offers foundational knowledge and valuable takeaways for Program Managers in the following key areas:

  1. Understanding USG and DoD IA&E objectives, scope, and overarching policies.
  2. Utilizing the DoD framework for program-level IA&E planning and analysis.
  3. Navigating international acquisition program forms and transaction types.
  4. Tackling IA&E challenges and seizing opportunities across the acquisition lifecycle.
  5. Implementing Program Management Organization best practices.

So, if you're ready to enhance your expertise and confidently engage in international acquisition programs, DAU's CACQ-012 credential is your gateway to success. Don't miss the opportunity to bolster your skills and contribute to the accomplishment of DoD and U.S. Government Security Cooperation objectives. 

Credential completion is approximately 6 hours. Learn more about the credential and apply by visiting: CACQ 012 | www.dau.edu

If you have any questions about this course, or other DoD International Acquisition online or virtual/resident courses, please contact the DSMC-International Center faculty at [email protected]

 

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