Training & Leader Development

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

02 Dec 2016
27 Feb - 10 Mar 2017
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 full-time Department of the Army Civilian position(s), by the HQDA suspense date for the respective session.
  • Completion of Civilian Education System (CES) Advanced Course or equivalent course or supporting request for waiver documentation.

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.

Academic Credit: Graduates of the program who complete a 15-to 20- page research paper on a topic related to the course are eligible to receive 3 graduate credits from the GW Elliott School of International Affairs, which may be applied toward a Master of International Policy and Practice degree (the Elliott School's 27-credit midcareer Master's degree program).

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

Application Process

Application packages (original only) will be forwarded through command channels, respective 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). The nomination suspense dates in this announcement are HQDA suspense dates. Please check with your local/command training manager for Army Command suspense dates so your application meets all local/command suspense deadline(s). Application packets received from individuals who do not meet ALL eligibility requirements by the designated HQDA deadline will be returned without action. Complete application packages (original only) must be sent through command channels for forwarding to G37/TRV - Army Commands will include an Order of Merit List. Command-endorsed nomination packets, to include an OML, may be sent via regular mail or FedEx to the following address:

Headquarters Department of the Army
G-37 Training Directorate
Civilian Training and Leader Dev Division
450 Army Pentagon
Room 2D639
Washington, D.C. 20310-0450

Career Program-Funded Packets: All packets requesting Career Program/ACTEDS-funding support must be submitted via the GoArmyEd process. All HQDA nomination deadlines still apply.


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

Selection and Notification

Nomination packets are reviewed/vetted by HQDA and will not be processed if they are incomplete, poorly written, 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.

  • Tuition (course fee) for SMC is $9,000. 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 prior to applying.
  • NAF employees must check with their respective budget point of contact to ensure available funding.
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