Depot & Arsenal Executive Leadership Program

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School LogoLearn business management skills to effectively lead our Nation’s complex depot and arsenal facilities. This course, serving the commanders and senior civilian of defense industrial base organizations, incorporates leadership development and management concepts focusing on the financial, operational and interpersonal aspects of effectively managing a depot or arsenal facility.

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:

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
Four-day residency in Chapel Hill, NC focused on trends in technology and innovation and also includes 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

Al Segars, PhD

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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

Program Staff:

Lara Taylor

Program Associate

Caroline Hamil

Program Associate


Academic Partnerships

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Corporate Partnerships

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 Land Systems Logistics Management Institute
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
City of Huntsville Orbital-ATK
Combined Systems Inc. Oshkosh Defense
Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend Overnite Corporation
Daimler Pfizer
DuPont Port of Corpus Christi Authority
EMEC Pratt & Whitney
FedEx PTC Federal and Defense
Fiat Powertrain Technologies Quad City Manufacturing Laboratory
Flint Hills Resources Raytheon
Flour Rick Hendrick Motorsports
FNH Manufacturing Robbins-Gioia, LLC
Force Protection Industries Rockwell Collins
FRC Rolls-Royce
General Dynamics-ATP Roush
General Dynamics-LS Fenway Racing
General Dynamics-OTS SAS Institute Federal
General Electric-Aviation Schneider National
General Electric-GS Sikorsky
General Motors Simpler Consulting
Global Concepts, Inc. Sonoco
Harley Davidson Southwest Airlines MRO
Harris Corporation Stewart & Stevenson
Home Depot The Supreme Group
Honeywell Textron Systems (AAI)
Horizon Lines Toyota
Hyster UNC Athletics
IBM United Airlines
Indiana University United Parcel Service
Infinia USAA
ITT US Chamber of Commerce
JCIT International



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

Tuition & Credits:

Contact us for 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 approximately:

  • 13 Continuing Education Credits
  • 200 Continuous Learning Points
  • 200 Professional Development Hours


Professionals and organizations interested in this program should contact IDB Senior Account Manager, Bob Worsham at worsham.ctr@idb.org or (302) 547-8850 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.