The ACTEDS Training Catalog

Chapter 4
Government/Non-Government Training
Section II - Non-Government Programs

Senior Manager Course (SMC) in National Security Leadership

Modern DCPDS Course Code TBD
Length of Program 2 Weeks
Location George Washington University (GWU), Washington, DC.
Suspense Dates
Dates of Program

DA SUSP from
Class Dates

01 Nov 2013
01-13 Dec 2013
02 Jan 2014 16-28 Mar 2014
Eligibility Requirements DA civilian employees at GS-14/15 or equivalent 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 Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (Title 10 USC 1610).


  • Nominees must have completed three (3) years, or any combination thereof, of service in a permanent Department of the Army Civilian position(s), by the respective HQDA suspense date.
  • Completion of Civilian Education System (CES) Advanced Course or course equivalent.

Purpose To prepare senior leaders and managers for enterprise-wide leadership positions in Department of Defense (DOD) and other national security institutions.
Description This two-week course is designed to prepare participants to lead their organizations in today's complex and volatile international security environment. The course includes presentations and case studies on topics including strategic engagement, counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, U.S. - China relations, the upheavals in the Middle East, nuclear proliferation, cyber-security, and regional threats from North Korea, Iran, and other nations.

Participants also learn skills in collaborative and adaptive leadership, and they advance their command of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) in "Leading Change," Leading People," and "Building Coalitions," required for promotion into the Senior Executive Service. Participants learn to analyze multi-dimensional challenges, evaluate policy options, communicate and negotiate with allies and rivals, and forge results-oriented coalitions. They apply these skills in case studies and simulation exercises, including a day-long crisis management exercise involving a complex threat both to a region of critical U.S. national security interest and to the American homeland.

For further information, go to the National Security Studies Program website at

Application Process

Application packages (original plus a copy) will be forwarded through command channels for appropriate endorsement(s). The nomination suspense date is a HQDA suspense date. Please check with local training coordinators for local and/or Army Command (ACOM), Army Service Component Command (ASCC), Direct Reporting Unit (DRU), or the Civilian Personnel Director for the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary to the Army (OAASA) for their respective suspense dates. Application packets received from individuals who do not meet ALL eligibility requirements by the HQDA deadline will not be processed. ACOMs/ASCCs/DRUs/OAASA will submit an original and one copy of the application packet to:

If sent via regular mail, use:
Department of the Army
G-37 Training Directorate
Civilian Training and Leader Development Division
ATTN: DAMO-TRV (Ms. D. Allen)
450 Army Pentagon - Room 2D639
Washington, DC 20310-0450

If sent via FedExpress or other method of delivery, use:
Department of the Army
G-37 Training Directorate
Civilian Training and Leader Dev Division
ATTN: DAMO-TRV (Ms. D. Allen)
2530 Crystal Drive
Taylor Building, 5th Floor, Room 5158C
Arlington, VA 22202

GWU has been instructed by DA to return all applications that are sent directly to the school.

Nomination packets are vetted at HQDA. They will not be processed if they are incomplete, or applicant does not meet eligibility and/or course requirements and packets are then forwarded to George Washington University who has final selection authority. The G-37 Training Directorate, Civilian Training and Leader Development Division will notify ACOMs/DRUs/ASSC/OAASA of selection results. George Washington University will also send acceptance notices directly to nominees.

If selected, participants will be required to sign a Continued Service Agreement (CSA) prior to attending training. By submitting a signed and dated CSA, selectees agree to continued service within the Department of Defense for not less than three (3) times the length of the training.

  • Tuition (course fee) for SMC is $8,500. This cost includes tuition, all instructional materials as well as seven (7) lunches and three (3) dinners throughout the course.
  • Funding of tuition, travel, per diem, and incidentals is the responsibility of the nominating command/activity. Command-funded nominations/endorsements must state that local resources are available; nomination packets received that do not contain this statement will not be processed.
  • Applicants/commands requesting career program funding support must contact the respective FCR for additional information.
  • NAF employees must check with their respective budget point of contact to ensure available funding.
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