Life Cycle Executive Leadership Program

Designed for private sector and military leaders responsible for the life cycle aspects of a system – from acquisition to its end of life. Participants work with leading experts in the research and education fields to develop a deeper understanding of life cycle theories, practices, and techniques.

Key topics:

  • Capability-driven life cycle management strategy
  • Emerging life cycle technologies, such as additive manufacturing
  • Trends driving life cycle innovation, including sustainability
  • Strategies to manage evolving life cycle systems


  • Learn best practices to approach life cycle systems design, improvement, and sustainment
  • Study methods to reduce supply chain costs
  • Discover skills to manage people and processes more effectively


The Life Cycle Executive Leadership Program was designed to increase participants’ knowledge, skills, and abilities while linking them to a broader network of industry peers.  It reinforces practical “working” strategies, expanding and facilitating knowledge transfer and cooperation within and among participating organizations and provides world-class academic instruction, peer interaction, and in-depth exchanges with military and private sector counterparts.

Prior to the program, each participant submits a problem statement outlining a life cycle management challenge that they face in their job. These statements are distilled into five to seven common topics, which are assigned to working groups comprised of participants with similar challenges. The groups meet during the week to explore solutions, exchange ideas, and apply lessons learned from the day’s sessions. On the final day participants brief a professor and a senior military and/or private sector leader on their proposed solutions.

Learning Objectives

  • Life Cycle Approaches to Systems Design and Improvement
  • Concurrent Engineering and Design for Sustainment
  • Capability-driven Strategy
  • Investment in Life Cycle Approaches
  • Disruptive Technology & Organizational Innovations
  • Wireless Communications for Strategic Innovation
  • Leadership for Change
  • Reducing Life Cycle Costs in the Supply Chain
  • Successes in Life Cycle Cost Reduction/Investment

Applied Learning

  • Participate in a design simulation focused on bringing to life best practices
  • Study and discuss timely case studies related to life cycle challenges

Participant Profile:

Professionals responsible for developing or implementing a life cycle approach to acquisition, design, or sustainment. Ideal participants include: O-4 to O-6 grade military officers, GS-13 to GS-15 government civilians, and their private sector equivalents with 10-15 years of management experience.


Jim Brunke, MBA

IDB Senior Faculty

Russell King, PhD

North Carolina State University

Paul Cohen, PhD

North Carolina State University

David Rendall, DM

The Freak Factory

Al Segars, PhD

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Binil Starly, PhD

North Carolina State University

Paul Stanfield, MBA, PhD

North Carolina A&T State University

Program Staff:

Mike C. Bogdahn, USMC Depot Deputy Commander (Ret)

Vice President, Strategy & Business Development

Caitlin Lederer

Program Associate


LCELP is offered in partnership with the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T). With its business education expertise, IDB has worked with experts from these universities to develop a specialized curriculum on effective and affordable life cycle system design focus on total cost reduction.

Tuition & Credits:

$6,300.00 – Includes tuition, materials, meals, and lodging

  • 4.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from North Carolina State University
  • 40 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) from Defense Acquisition University


Professionals and organizations interested in this program should contact IDB Senior Client Relations Director, Mike Bogdahn at or (760) 577-8324 for enrollment information.

What to Expect:


LCELP residencies begin Sunday evening with an opening dinner reception and conclude by 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon. Classes during the week typically begin at 8:00 am and conclude by 4:00 pm to provide groups time to study before dinner, and there are several evening events.


Residencies are typically held in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Friday Conference Center with lodging at the Courtyard Chapel Hill.

In 1991, the Friday Conference Center opened to primarily serve the conferencing needs of the University. The 25,000 square foot facility includes 23 meeting spaces, ergonomically designed seating, and audiovisual systems designed to support the needs of adult learners. Meeting spaces include a seminar room, large and small meeting rooms with flexible seating, a smart classroom with 25 direct fiber-optic connections, a 416-seat dining room, flexible space lounges, and breakout rooms.

The Courtyard Chapel Hill is walking distance from UNC’s Friday Center and features:

  • High-speed wireless service
  • Full-service business center
  • Indoor pool
  • Fitness center & in-residence gym membership to IDB participants
  • Full-service restaurant and bar open for breakfast and dinner Monday-Saturday


To maximize the benefits of the collaborative environment of the program, we strongly discourage participants from bringing spouses or other guests.