U.S. Air Force Custom Programs

  • Enterprise Leadership Seminar (ELS)

    Course Description

    This is an executive-level learning forum lasting six days for Air Force general and O-6 officers, Senior Executive Service (SES) and GS-15/PBM civilians and Chief Master Sergeants inbound to strategic Pentagon assignments. The course objectives are for the participants to:

    • Better understand “business” skills in the context of current Air Force issues and the Washington AOR perspective.
    • Discuss current Air Force issues.
    • Expand their networks of Air Force leaders.
    • Improve their proficiencies in Air Force competencies — Enterprise Perspective, Managing Organizations and Resources and Strategic Thinking.
    • Study relevant topics — Strategic Sourcing, Decision Making, Financial and Risk Management, Ethics, Strategic Human Resource Management, Negotiation and Collaboration Across Organizations and Leading Change.

    As a result of attending these courses, participants will be able to use data and sound business approaches to make compelling arguments; to tell a strategic story that resonates with Washington Area of Responsibility (AOR) priorities; and to collaborate effectively across joint, interagency and international spectrums. Learning is sequenced into three phases:

    • Understand the context and fiscal realities of DoD and Air Force challenges and priorities.
    • Build relevant skills and competencies.
    • Apply the learning to a major current Air Force issue.

    The seminar content is directly aligned with Air Force  2010 leadership priorities to reinvigorate the Air Force Nuclear Enterprise; partner with the joint and coalition team to win today’s fight; develop and care for Airmen and their families; modernize our air and space inventories, organizations and training; and recapture acquisition excellence.


    Air Force general and O-6 officers, SES and GS-15/PBM civilians and Chief Master Sergeants inbound to strategic Pentagon assignments in the Washington AOR attend the seminar.

    Points of Contact

    Patricia F. McGill, PhD

    Jeffrey (Jeff) Pottinger 

    Jennifer Hicks