The Institute for Defense and Business Hosts Inaugural Life Cycle Executive Leadership Program, August 9-14

July 13, 2009

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) is pleased to host the inaugural offering of its Life Cycle Executive Leadership Program (LCELP) Aug 9-14 in Chapel Hill, NC. The IDB partnered with the Schools of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T) to develop this course focused on the business aspects of managing product and system life cycles. The course was designed for military, DoD, and private sector leaders responsible for implementing life cycle initiatives within their respective organizations.

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During the course, participants can expect to learn more about the following:

  • Lifecycle approaches to systems design and improvement;
  • Concurrent engineering and design for sustainment;
  • Capability-driven strategy;
  • Investment in life cycle approaches;
  • Disruptive technology and organizational innovations;
  • Leadership for change;
  • Reducing life cycle costs in the supply chain; and
  • Best-practice case studies in reducing the total cost of ownership.

LCELP’s target audience for this program includes leaders, project managers, and system integrators from the military services, the DoD, and the private sector responsible for acquisition or sustainment of defense-related programs, elements, products, and systems. Ideal participants include O4-O6 grade military officers, GS-13 to GS-15 government civilians, and their private sector equivalents. The program is designed for both non-engineers and engineers interested in developing a deeper understanding of life cycle theories, practices, and techniques.

Registrants to date represent the following organizations: Defense Acquisition University (DAU), U.S. Army Forces Command (USA FORSCOM), U.S. Army Logistics Innovation Agency, Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORPS SYSCOM), Tobyhanna Army Depot, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Sierra Army Depot, Rock Island Arsenal, Boeing, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

During the week participants will have the opportunity to learn from the following speakers:


  • Dr. Paul Stanfield, Associate Professor and Chairperson, Industrial and Systems Engineering, NC A&T University
  • Dr. Paul Cohen, Faculty Head, Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Edgar S. Woolard Distinguished Professor, N.C. State University
  • Dr. Al Segars, RBC Centura Distinguished Professor and Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, The University of North Carolina’s (UNC) Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Dr. Hugh O’Neill, Associate Dean of EMBA Programs, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Edward M. O’Herron, Jr. Distinguished Scholar, UNC Kenan-Flagler
  • Dr. Russell King, Professor of Industrial Engineering, N.C. State University
  • Dr. Wendell Gilland, Associate Professor of Operations, Technology and Innovation Management (OTIM), UNC Kenan-Flagler
  • Steve Jones, Professor of Organizational Behavior and Former Dean, UNC Kenan-Flagler


  • GEN Paul J. Kern, U.S. Army (Ret.), President and COO, AM General
  • VADM Wally Massenburg, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Vice President, Readiness & Sustainment, EI&S, BAE Systems
  • VADM Paul Sullivan, U.S. Navy (Ret.), IDB Executive Fellow and Vice President, American Centrifuge and Chief Engineer at U.S. Enrichment Corporation

The cost to attend the program is $6,000, which includes program materials as well as room and board at UNC Kenan-Flagler’s premier executive education facility the Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center. For more information please download the Program Overview and the Block Schedule available on the LCELP website.

The IDB will be hosting a series of virtual information sessions, on July 13, 20 and 27 at 1:00 PM EDT, for prospective LCELP applicants to learn more about the program. Van Noah, P.E., the LCELP Program Director will give a brief overview of the program, as well as the acceptance process. Please click here to register for the webinar.

If you are interested in attending or nominating someone, please contact either Theresa Esposto, Director of Industry Relations for private sector interest at 919-969-8008 or esposto@idb.org, or April McGill, Military and Industry Outreach Associate for military interest at 919-969-8008 or mcgill@idb.org.

The Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) is a non-profit research and education institute formed in 1997 by UNC-Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina. The IDB offers a series of educational programs for the military, government, non-governmental agencies, and private industry, in the areas of logistics, operations, life cycle management, organizational change, and economic stabilization.

SOURCE Institute for Defense and Business

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