Which Program is Best for Me?

The IDB offers a range of professional development options for leaders as they progress through their careers. Program areas include logistics and technology, life cycle systems and engineering, leadership and organizational transformation, as well as stabilization and economic reconstruction. Program offerings range from one-day forums to week-long certificate programs to degree-granting programs that span 16-24 months with multiple residencies.

  Target Audience Course Format Educational Credits (average) Upcoming Program Datesǂ
Advanced Course
- Logisticians charged with implementing executive direction who demonstrate potential for great responsibility
- O-4 to O-6 Military
- GS-13 to GS-15 Government Civilians
- VP/Regional Director level Private Sector
5-day residency 39 CLPs*
3.9 CEUs**

Dec 4-9, 2016
Feb 5-10, 2017
Mar 26-31, 2017
May 12-19, 2017
Jul 9-14, 2017
Aug 20-25, 2017

Executive Course
- Executive logisticians who set strategic direction and vision for their organizations
- Flag officers
- SES Civilians
- CEO/SVP Corporate Executives
4-day residency 28 CLPs*
2.8 CEUs**


Jun 5-9, 2017
Sep 11-15, 2017

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- 5+ years of managerial-leadership experience
- Intense desire to advance to greater levels of responsibility
- 80% online through Indiana University (IU)
- 20% 4 residency modules, including 10-day study abroad in Europe or Asia
MBA and Certificate from IU


Class of 2019 begins Aug 2017
Program spans 24 months

- High potential, early-career logisticians
- O-2 to O-4 Military
- GS-11 to GS-13 Government Civilians
- Private Sector personnel with 3-7 years experience or those entering logistics as a second career
5-day residency 34 CLPs*
3.4 CEUs**

Nov 13-18, 2016
Mar 12-17, 2017
Jun 18-23, 2017
Aug 13-18, 2017
Nov 12-17, 2017

Depot and Arsenal Executive Leadership Program
- Depot, Arsenal and Ammunition Plant Leaders, including: Commanders, Deputy Commanders, Chiefs of Staff, Directors, and Deputy Directors
- Private sector senior managers and directors in manufacturing, repair, and overhaul operations
4 one-week residencies, including benchmarking tour and excluding corporate residency, and online learning modules 200 CLPs*
14 CEUs**
200 PDHs***

2015-2016 cohort begins Oct 2016

2017-2018 cohot begins Oct 2017

Life Cycle Executive Leadership Program
- Those tasked with understanding & lowering life cycle costs across the life of an organization
- O-4 to O-6 Military
- GS-13 to GS-15 Government Civilians
- Private Sector equivalents with 10-15 years experience
5-day residency 42 CLPs*
4.2 CEUs**
Apr 2-7, 2017
Sep 10-15, 2017
CSER-CSO:  Cooperation in Stability Operations 
- Logisticians who are assigned to post-conflict/post-disaster situations with joint and international actions
- O-4 to O-6 Military
- GS-13 to GS-15 Government Civilians
-Comparable level Private Sector, NGO, and IO participants
5-day residency Not Applicable

Strategic Studies
Fellows Programs

- High-potentials who wish to expand their understanding and knowledge of strategic studies
- O-3 to O-4 Military Officers

- W-3 to W-4 Warrant Officers

- E-7 to E-9 Non-Commissioned Officers
- GS-10 to GS-14 Government Civilians
- Comparable level Private Sector personnel

4-week residency Varies based on location. Contact IDB for details.

Indiana University SSFP:
May 14 - Jun 3

Univeristy of North Carolina SSFP:
Jun 25 - Jul 22

Key: *: Continuous Learning Points | **: Continuing Education Units | ***: Professional Development Hours for Engineers (from NCSU) | ǂ Dates are subject to change; please contact us for more info.

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