Depot & Arsenal Executive Leadership Program

This executive development program provides business management skills to effectively lead our nation’s complex depot and arsenal facilities and the public-private partnerships that support them. Serving the commanders and senior civilian leaders of defense industrial base organizations and the private sector managers who work with them, the program incorporates leadership development and management concepts focusing on the financial, operational, and interpersonal aspects of effectively managing these large organizations.

The DAELP curriculum leverages multiple delivery methods — traditional in-residence classroom teaching, online learning, business study tours, and corporate residencies — to provide an well-rounded learning experience.

Key topics:

  • Lean Six Sigma Executive Champion Certification
  • Strategic business management
  • Operations, manufacturing, and performance improvement
  • Change management
  • Technological transformation


  • Shape the vision for your organization guided by input from leading experts and colleagues
  • Benchmark and share ideas to increase organizational performance by evaluating similar organizations across private industry and the military
  • Learn to lead a large organization effectively by developing cross-functional management skills


DAELP is taught using multiple delivery methods including traditional classroom teaching in residence, online learning, business study tours, and corporate residencies. Residencies include:

Base Curriculum

Three-hour teleconference outlining course objectives, schedule and an orientation of the Defense Organic Industrial Base.

Residency 1
Five-day residency in Chapel Hill, NC focused on business strategy, operations, and logistics and supply chain management.

L6S Distance Instruction
Four 1.5-hour online sessions describing Lean, Six Sigma,
Theory of Constraints, and Continuous Process Improvement tools and methods.

Residency 2
Five-day benchmarking tour with a Lean, Six Sigma value stream praxis of DoD industrial facilities and private sector organizations with an emphasis on manufacturing, repair, and overhaul operations, and logistics and supply chain distribution centers.

Elective Curriculum

Residency 3
Two to four-week residency at leading private and public sector organizations.

Residency 4 (tentative)
Three-day residency in Chapel Hill, NC,  focused on industry best practices, Residency 3 outcomes discussion, and concludes with graduation.

Participant Profile:

DAELP was originally designed for the U.S. Army Materiel Command but has continually grown in scope and stature. In addition to U.S. Army uniformed military and civilian participation, DAELP includes participants from the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Defense Logistics Agency, and private sector.

DAELP is considered a commander’s course prerequisite for Army Materiel Command and Marine Corps Logistics Command participants.

  • O 5-6 grade military officers
  • CW5 warrant officers
  • GS 13-15 DoD civilians
  • Private sector senior leaders

Military: Serving and selected Depot, Arsenal, and Ammunition Plant Commanders from all branches.

Government Civilians: Serving Deputy Commanders, Chiefs of Staff, Directors, and Deputy Directors within the government industrial base, Defense Logistics Agency.

Private Sector: Senior managers and directors who work within the government and defense industrial base with involvement in manufacture, repair, and overhaul operations.

For military and government civilians interested in the program, the DoD’s LOGTECH Office centrally funds a select number of participants. Contact IDB to learn more about the application and selection process.


Don Linsenmann, MBA

Executive Transformation Mentoring, LLC

Steve Haynes, MSc

NCSU Poole College of Management

Hugh O’Neill, PhD

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Jim Brunke, MBA

IDB Senior Faculty

Paul Stanfield, MBA, PhD

North Carolina A&T State University

Deb Manzo, PhD

NCSU Industry Expansion Solutions

John Gumbel, MS

The Boeing Company

Wendy Laing, CSP, MIE

NCSU Industry Expansion Solutions

Shane Yount

Competitive Solutions, Inc.

Chris Wedding, PhD

IronOak Innovation

Clay Whybark, MBA, PhD

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Wendell Gilland, PhD

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Kevin Grayson, MBA, MSc

North Carolina State University

Program Staff:

Lara B. Lincoln

Program Manager




DAELP is administered by IDB in partnership with:




Case Western Reserve University North Carolina State University
Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Indiana University


3M Defense Joe Gibbs Racing
AAR John Deere
Abbott Laboratories Kennecott Utah Copper
Agility Logistics Kia
Alcoa/Arconic Defense Kitco Defense
Alliant Techsystems Landstar
AM General Lockheed Martin-Aero
ATI Metalss Lockheed Martin-M&FC
BAE Systems LMI
Battelle Mack Trucks
Memorial Institute Maersk Lines
Bell Helicopter/Textron Microsoft
Boeing Defense, Space, & Security Navistar Defense
Booz Allen Hamilton Norfolk Southern
Cisco Systems Northrop Grumman
Combined Systems Inc. Orbital-ATK
Daimler Oshkosh Defense
DuPont Overnite Corporation
Espey Mfg & Electronic Corp Pfizer
FedEx Port of Corpus Christi Authority
Fiat Powertrain Technologies Pratt & Whitney
Flint Hills Resources PTC Federal and Defense
Flour Quad City Manufacturing Laboratory
FNH Manufacturing Raytheon
Force Protection Industries Rick Hendrick Motorsports
General Dynamics-ATP Robbins-Gioia, LLC
General Dynamics-LS Rockwell Collins
General Dynamics-OTS Rolls-Royce
General Electric-Aviation Roush-Fenway Racing
General Electric-Defense SAS Institute Federal
General Motors Schneider National
Global Concepts, Inc. Sikorsky
Harley Davidson Simpler Consulting
Harris Corporation Sonoco
Home Depot Southwest Airlines MRO
Honeywell Stewart & Stevenson
Horizon Lines The Supreme Group
Hyster-Yale Textron Systems (AAI)
IBM Toyota
Infinia UNC Athletics
ITT United Airlines
JCIT International UPS



Anniston Army Depot Fleet Readiness Center Southeast
Army Working Capital Fund Letterkenny Army Depot
CGALC, Elizabeth City Red River Army Depot
City of Huntsville Redstone Arsenal
Crane Army Ammunition Activity Rock Island Arsenal
Corpus Christi Army Depot Sierra Army Depot
Fleet Readiness Center East US Chamber of Commerce



Army Association of America South Texas Military Facilities Task Force
Federal Managers Association

Tuition & Credits:

Contact us for current pricing.

Upon completion of the program, participants receive certificates from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and North Carolina State University.

Completion of the program also qualifies participants to receive CEU, CLP, and PDH credits. Numbers depend on residencies attended. Contact program staff for more specific details.


Professionals and organizations interested in this program should contact IDB Senior Account Manager, Mike Bogdahn at bogdahn.ctr@idb.org or (760) 577-8324 for enrollment information.

Find your organization type below to determine the correct point of contact to begin the enrollment process:

Executive Agency

Headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Command
Attn: Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/4
4400 Martin Road
Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898

Mrs. Quenessa Oney
LOGTECH Course Administrator
Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/4
4400 Martin Road, A4SE030.085
Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898
Tel: (256) 450-6923
Fax: (256) 450-8825


Ms. Patricia Proctor
Defense Logistics Agency
Tel: (703)767-8108 or DSN 427-8108

What to Expect:


DAELP residencies typically begin Sunday evening and conclude by 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon. Classes during the week typically begin at 8 a.m. and conclude by 5 p.m. with some evening events.


UNC’s Paul J. Rizzo Center at Meadowmont in Chapel Hill provides an outstanding and comfortable learning environment plus the resources to allow participants to learn, build relationships, and relax in one self-contained residential executive education facility.

All guest rooms offer a desk and lounge chair, high-speed Internet and WiFi access, communication port for laptops, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and cable television. Washer and dryer facilities, dry cleaning valet services, and a full-service business center are also available, along with 24-hour access to fully stocked snack pantries. There is a small gift shop in McLean Hall that offers personal items and UNC paraphernalia.

Recreational facilities include a fitness center with aerobic and weight-training equipment, a sports bar with two professional-size billiard tables and a foosball table, a basketball court, a sand-pit volleyball court, an outdoor heated pool, and jogging trails.


To maximize the benefits of the collaborative environment of the program, we strongly discourage participants from bringing spouses or other guests. However, for the graduation reception and dinner during the final residency in Chapel Hill, family are welcome.