The ACTEDS Training Catalog

Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy
(formerly, Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF)

Modern DCPDS Course Code 15ICA
Length of Program 10 months
Location Ft. Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC
The website is

Degree Awarded Master of Science in National Resource Strategy
Funding See Funding under Administrative Procedures: Post Selection in Chapter 2 and Appendix C - Long Term Training (LTT) Guide.
Army Acquisition Corp (AAC) selectees will receive funding guidance from the Acquisition Support Center.

Suspense Dates
Dates of Program

Susp. to HQDA *
HQDA Board Dates

Program Dates

ICAF 28 Jun 2013 30 Jul - 02 Aug 2014 Aug 2014 - Jun 2015

* Applicants must check with their servicing Human Resources Office and comply with local, intermediate and Command/equivalent suspense dates

Eligibility Requirements DA civilian employees at GS-14/15 or equivalent grade levels who have career status and are serving in permanent competitive appointments; Schedule A, Excepted appointments without time limitation; or are serving under an Excepted Service appointment in the Civilian Intelligence Personnel Management System (Title 10 USC 1590); and have a minimum of three years of consecutive service under one or more permanent appointments.
See Chapter 2 Eligibility Requirements for complete list.

Purpose To prepare selected military officers and civilians for senior leadership and staff positions by conducting postgraduate, executive-level courses of study and associated research dealing with the resource component of national power, with special emphasis on materiel acquisition and joint logistics and their integration into national security strategy for peace and war. In addition, ICAF serves as the course provider for the Senior Acquisition Course directed by the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act. In this capacity, ICAF acts as a consortium college of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU).

Description Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy is the nation's only educational institution that emphasizes the management of national resources to support national security strategy. The curriculum provides a broad education in national security strategy and national military strategy with the major emphasis on resources management. The academic program is specifically designed for a participant body already highly experienced and successful in military and civilian professions devoted to designing and resourcing the different facets of national security. The College's approach to education focuses on broad-based national security decision making for senior policy makers in a dynamic world environment. The academic program emphasizes postgraduate, executive-level education rather than training. ICAF focuses on enhancing the ability of its participants to have strategic vision, develop strategic plans, lead at strategic levels, take critical advantage of the information revolution, and create environments that put the highest value on consideration of others and ethical behavior. Intrinsic to this is the internalization of a joint, interagency perspective and a broad education that places national security decisions in the context of historical, political, social, economic, and military trends. The curriculum consists of interrelated courses that are presented in a balanced mix of seminars, lectures, and field studies. The program employs the case-study method, complemented by extensive student reading, written and oral presentations, classroom analysis, lectures by faculty members and prominent outside authorities, and a field study program.

Application Process

Follow the guidelines listed here and in Chapter 2 of the ACTEDS catalog.

Applicants: The new Senior Enterprise Talent Management System (SETMS) will be used for all eligible Army Civilians to apply for academic year 2013 (AY13) Senior Service Colleges (SSC). Completed nominations in SETMS will generate an email to the first-line supervisor and general/flag officer or SES for nomination endorsement. Army Commands, Army Service Component Commands, Direct Reporting Units and/or separate organizations will be able to access their applications and conduct their boards using SETMS. Functional reviews conducted by the Army career programs will be automated in SETMS as well. The window of opportunity to submit applications will vary based upon internal command suspense. Please check with your Command civilian training POC for your suspense date. The HQDA suspense to all commands is 28 Jun 2013. To access the SETM system, please log into:

The "Command endorsement" Memo will be submitted in the SETMS as part of the Command Board Process. The command forwards those best qualified candidates to SAMR-SES, CSLDD. It must:

  • Include an order-of-merit list (OML) of nominees within the body of the endorsement or as an enclosure.
  • If the Command/equivalent organization has only one nominee, the endorsement must include a statement that the nominee is "one of one."
  • Include the name, email address and telephone number of the Command/equivalent POC.

The Command will determine what method(s) are appropriate to generate an OML. Submit nomination packages of best qualified candidates to HQDA via command endorsement in SETMS. Command endorsement must be completed in SETMS in time to reach SAMR-SES, CSLDD by the suspense date.

Selection and Notification

A Senior Enterprise Talent Management Board (SETM Board) will be convened to select the best qualified candidates from among those nominated.

The board will make selection recommendations based upon its assessment of the potential and qualifications of each nominee for continued outstanding service to the Army; the level and degree to which the nominee possesses the knowledge and abilities required of the program; the appropriateness of the training to the nominee's occupation; the nominee's career aspirations, goals and suitability for attendance; and the overall benefit to the nominee and the Army as reflected in the official record before the board. The board will be provided all documents that are submitted IAW the NDU Checklist with the exception of the Race and National Origin Form.

HQDA announces the tentative (before NDU has accepted the students) and final results (post-NDU acceptance) of the HQDA Civilian Executive Board to Command Human Resource Directors (HRD). Command HRDs will notify applicants, their supervisors and commanders of their status. Principal selectees will receive a welcome packet directly from NDU.

Civilian Training Student Account (CTSA)

Candidates selected to attend the Army War College (AWC) and the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy residency program will be reassigned from their current organization to a long-term training authorization on G-3/5/7 Table of Distribution and Allowances (TDA). Students will attend SSC in a TDY status from their current duty location. G-37/TRV will fund salary and benefits for CTSA members while in a training status. EXCEPTION: OCONUS candidates will PCS to the training site (Note: Selectees whose families will be negatively impacted by the current Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) will NOT be reassigned to the G-3/5/7 TDA, but remain assigned to their current organization
-- Backfill reimbursement can be provided to organization's for the period participant is not assigned to the CTSA). Point of Contact: Don Harrison , (703) 545-4313

Declination Procedures IAW AR 350-1, Army Training and Leader Development, a selectee who declines a quota will be removed from any future consideration for PME. The SAMR-SES, CSLDD POC will be notified telephonically if a declination is necessary so that an alternate can be elevated to the vacant slot, if possible. The declination must be followed up in writing by memorandum through chain-of-command to the address provided above, with copy furnished to G357/ The telephone numbers are 703-695-4834 (DSN 225) or 703-692-3318 (DSN 222).