Defense Acquisition University

The educational resource I chose to evaluate is the Defense Acquisition University or DAU.  I know this website is very specific to Federal Employees, but I currently work in Contracting for the National Guard and would like to train new contract specialist‘s after I retire from the Guard, so this forum is in line with my future aspirations.

A very small part of my current job is the on-the-job training of new contract specialist.  This website is the first place I turn to.  The contracting career training path includes required certification training (held at DAU locations) and continuous learning points (eighty for every two years).  Both of those are on the DAU website, registration for a residence course and computer based training if a residence course is not available.  The website also offers a limited learning management system, where your DAU certificates are kept and you can request a transcript of your courses.  They also offer knowledge sharing and best practices for the journeyman contract specialist, logistician, auditor or program manager.

The copyright policy is posted right on the website “All publications appearing on the DAU Web site are works of the U.S. government (prepared by an officer or employee, including contractors, of the U.S. government as part of official duties or contract) unless otherwise noted. Works of the U.S. government are not subject to U.S. copyright laws and, therefore, can be reproduced in whole or in part. Credit must be given to DAU and to the author(s) of all reproduced publications.”  I have used articles from DAU in my on-the-job training role, always giving the credit where it is due.

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