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 2 Weeks
Location George Washington University (GWU), Washington, DC.
HQDA Suspense 1 September 2017
Program Dates

Class Dates Continued Service
Agreement (CSA)

26 Feb – 9 Mar 2018
12 Mar 18 – 20 Apr 18
Eligibility Requirements

Army Civilian managers at the GS-14/15 or equivalent levels.

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


To prepare senior leaders and managers for enterprise-wide leadership positions in Department of Defense (DOD) and other national security institutions.


SMC 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-

Application Process



Applications packages will be submitted through command channels to the respective Army Commands (ACOM), Army Service Component Commands (ASCC), Direct Reporting Units (DRU), or the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army (OAASA).

The nomination suspense date in this announcement applies to ACOMs, ASCCs, DRUs, and OAASA only. Applicants must check with local/command training manager for applicable deadline to submit application.

ACOMs, ASCCs, DRUs, and OAASA will use a competitive board to select candidates; utilizing an order of merit list (OML) to nominate primary and alternate candidates. The Nominee(s) Selection Form will be used to submit selectee information to HQDA by the suspense date in this announcement.

*Career Program-Funded Applications:
If selected, packets requesting Career Program/ACTEDS-funding support must be uploaded in the GoArmyEd system.


ACOMs, ASCCs, DRUs, and OAASA will provide selection/non-selection notification.


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.
  • Applicants/commands requesting career program funding support must contact the respective FCR for additional information prior to applying.

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