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The DSAR lesson materials complement and reinforce related topics presented in other Eisenhower School core courses and specialized academic programs. For example, the resourcing components of the curricula provide a broad understanding of the defense acquisition and logistics processes, as well as a foundation for evaluating the influence of policies and practices on the industrial base and, in turn, on the nation’s security strategy. Similarly, examining the resource constrained trade-offs involved in evaluating alternative defense strategies provides a foundation for evaluating capabilities required to support the military element of national power within the context of competing resource requirements to support other elements of national security and domestic programs.
The program of study for the NSIB courses includes: 1) seminars with discussions facilitated by Eisenhower School faculty, prominent industry and government executives, and academic experts that focus on the critical aspects of the sector under examination; and 2) field study visits to domestic and foreign government agencies, labor, trade and public policy organizations, research facilities, financial institutions, and selected industry exemplars, including government prime and sub-contractor firms. The field-study program provides the laboratory to explore with industry executives and government policy makers those issues and concepts developed in academic research. It facilitates observation and examination of issues in operational settings. The international field study adds the an international dimension of to the comparative industrial analysis, permitting a realistic assessment of the relative performance of U.S. industry and the U.S. economy in a competitive world.
As part of the Strategic Leadership Course, students have the opportunity to participate in one of two individual leadership assessment and development opportunities. U.S. students and native English speakers take advantage of the leading-edge Executive Assessment and Development Program (EADP). Students who are not native English speakers take the Discovery Insights instrument. The purpose of these two programs is to increase the students’ awareness of his/her strengths and weaknesses, and help the student develop the skills needed to become effective, successful strategic leaders and change agents.