When you work in national security, chances are, you support a program. And every program begins with a contract that designates a budget, timeline, and deliverables or services. If you want to be considered to manage any of the projects on your program, you’ll want to be prepared. While it’s a great idea to go for a certification program, sometimes, a little training can go a long way to getting your foot in the door. Once you get some experience under your belt, a full certification or degree might not be a bad option.
While you can take tests or access additional courses for a fee, here are three free project management training options to help you get farther in your career.
- Cybrary Course CYB-2010: Project Management Professional – this course offers free learning materials and can help get you ready for taking the PMP
- edX.org Project Management courses – If learning is what you’re after, this is a treasure trove of free courseware. If you want to get a certification or take an exam, you have to switch over to a paid course. But if you just want to enrich your understanding of all things project management, this is a great resource to check out.
- MIT OpenCourseWare – MIT offers over a thousand management courses, with all different focuses. Sort through the content and take what you need. They have undergraduate and graduate-level options.
There’s a lot of content out there if you’re interested in growing your knowledge.
Contract Opportunities to Watch: SAIC
Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has been awarded a $889 million contract by the Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) in support of Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) to develop and implement One IT. One IT provides IT modernization to DCSA’s systems.
“As the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency transforms security work around the globe,SAIC looks forward to advancing support for user communities,” saidMichael LaRouche,president, National Security and Space sector at SAIC. “Our goal is to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of the agency’s One IT infrastructure by leveraging the experience of our proven team of cloud architects, modernization engineers and integration specialists. We are eager to begin work with DCSA on this critical IT modernization program and deliver network availability anytime, anywhere and under any circumstances.”
One IT is an enterprise IT solution that delivers highly secure and adaptable IT infrastructure, customer support, and cutting-edge technologies to create a more collaborative, cohesive, transparent, predictable and measurable organization.
As the prime contractor for One IT, SAIC will support DCSA as it simplifies and standardizes the agency’s IT environment, including cloud readiness. SAIC’s work will include planning and systems architecture development; digital; network, database and storage engineering; service desk support; cybersecurity and IT application development and sustainment.
SAIC will also provide services to help DCSA meet centralized IT solution requirements for the National Industrial Security Programs (NISP) and National Industrial Security Systems (NISS) applications. The award includes one base year and four one-year extension options.
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NASA has selected 16 proposals from 12 companies under the 2022 Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity (ACO) to advance capabilities and technologies related to NASA’s Moon to Mars Objectives. The cadre of U.S. industry-led teams will test a new lunar rover tire design, develop a robotically assembled power system, build an electrically actuated device to join in-space propellant transfer lines, and more.
“By sharing our knowledge and facilities with U.S. companies, NASA helps mature capabilities that promise to benefit our objectives and the entire aerospace industry,” said Jim Reuter, associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. “These awards allow us to work with both small and large companies to advance some of the most crucial technologies for future exploration.”
Aerojet Rocketdyne in El Segundo, California (two selections)
- Fully Additively Manufactured LOX-LH2 Engine Demonstration – NASA Marshall
- Electrically Actuated Quick-Disconnect Coupling for Cislunar and Lunar Surface Cryogenic Propellant Transfer – NASA Marshall
Blue Origin in Kent, Washington (two selections)
- Friction Stir Additive Manufacturing – NASA Langley and NASA Marshall
- Metallic Thermal Protection System – NASA Ames and NASA Langley
The Boeing Company in Arlington, Virginia
- Complex Curvature Retractable Pin Tool Friction Stir Welding Pathfinder Campaign – NASA Marshall
Canopy Aerospace in Denver
- Low-Cost Reusable Thermal Protection System Substrates as an Alternative to Alumina Enhanced Thermal Barrier – NASA Ames
Lockheed Martin Corporation in Bethesda, Maryland (three selections)
- Friction Stir Welded Blanks for Advanced Formed Shapes – NASA Langley
- In-Space Manufacturing Technologies for Thermoplastic Composites – NASA Glenn, NASA Goddard, NASA Langley, and NASA Marshall
- Oscillating Heat Pipe Technology for Aero Entry and Commercial Applications – NASA Ames and NASA Marshall
Maxar in Westminster, Colorado
- Automated Robotic Assembly of the Light Bender System – NASA Langley
Phase Four in El Segundo, California
- Development of an ASCENT (Advanced Spacecraft Energetic Non-Toxic) Gas Feed System for the Phase Four RF (Radio Frequency) Thruster – NASA Marshall
Psionic, LLC in Hampton, Virginia
- Commercial Wind Measurement Constellation – NASA Langley
Roccor, LLC (Redwire) in Erie, Colorado
- Characterization of High Aspect Ratio Booms for Large Apertures – NASA Langley
Sierra Space in Louisville, Colorado
- Development of Low-Cost High Temperature Reusable Thermal Protection System – NASA Ames and NASA Johnson
Stratolaunch in Mojave, California
- Bringing Shuttle Orbiter TPS into the 21st Century – NASA Ames
Venturi Astrolab in Hawthorne, California
- Demonstrating Lunar Tire Technology Readiness – NASA Glenn and NASA Johnson