Depot & Arsenal Executive Leadership Program (DAELP)

DAELP is an executive development program serving the commanders and senior civilian leaders of the Nation’s Depot and Arsenal facilities, focused at the O-6 and civilian-equivalent career level (O-5 by exception). DAELP is administered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) by the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) and delivered in partnership with the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. The thirteenth cohort will graduated May 19, 2016. The thirteenth cohort is set to begin in October 2016.

To provide exceptional learning experiences, DAELP integrates leadership development and management concepts with multiple delivery methods:

  • traditional classroom teaching in residence
  • online learning
  • business study tours
  • corporate residencies

The program consists of five in-residence periods:

  • three academic residencies on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • one touring residency focused on benchmarking
  • two- to four-week internships with world-class private and public sector organizations

Additionally, each DAELP participant completes a Lean Six Sigma Champion Certification program delivered by North Carolina State University with in-residence and online instruction as an integral part of the DAELP curriculum.


The U.S. Army Materiel Command worked with the Institute for Defense and Business to establish the Depot & Arsenal Leadership Program (DAELP) in 2003 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program has continually grown in both scope and stature since then.

In addition to U.S. Army uniformed military and civilian participation, DAELP has expanded to include participants from the Defense Logistics Agency, U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, and the private sector. DAELP is considered a commander's course prerequisite for Army Materiel Command and Marine Corps Logistics Command participants.

Executive Summary


LtCol Arthur T. Sturgeon, Jr., USMC (Ret.)

2012 headshot cropped.jpgTed Sturgeon is the program director for DAELP, a position he has held since joining the IDB in August 2007 following a 22-year career as a Marine Aviator. Ted holds degrees from Southern Polytechnic State University and Troy University. [Bio]

Ms. Lara Taylor

Taylor Headshot Small Edited.pngLara Taylor is the program associate for DAELP and an Air Force veteran. Lara previously served as a campus program director for the Warrior-Scholar Project and as a chancellor's fellow at her alma mater UNC-Chapel Hill. [Bio]










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Depot & Arsenal Executive Leadership Program
1250 Environ WayChapel HillNorth Carolina 27517 USA
Telephone: (919) 969-8008 Fax: (919) 969-6792