Doing Business with DoD
Knowing DoD System
The Nation's investments in
technologies, programs, and product support necessary to achieve the National
Security Strategy and support the United States Armed Forces. The objective is to acquire quality products that satisfy user needs with measurable
improvements to mission capability at a fair and reasonable price.
About Decision Support Systems
Presents an overview of
the Defense Department's decision support systems for strategic planning and resource
allocation, the determination of capability needs, and the acquisition of systems.
Provides information and guidance needed to develop
a Technology Development Strategy and to develop and maintain a program-level Acquisition Strategy.
Affordability and Life-cycle Resource
Addresses acquisition program affordability and resource estimation and describes the concept of program life-cycle cost and the processes for conducting Analysis of Alternatives to meet qualify requirements of specific milestone review procedures, expectations, and best practices for a variety of topics related to acquisition program affordability, cost, and manpower.
The Acquiring Information, Including National Security Systems
the Department of Defense complies with statutory and regulatory requirements for acquiring Information Technology and National Security Systems and in using a network-centric strategy to transform DoD warfighting, business, and intelligence capabilities.
Based on program type and acquisition category,
executive-level decision forums and the tenets and processes of Integrated Product
Teams (IPTs), program assessments, and periodic reporting. There are two types of decision points for Major Defense Acquisition Programs and
Major Automated Information Systems: milestone decisions and other decision review
points. Each such point results in a decision to initiate, continue, advance, change
direction in, or terminate a project or program work effort or phase. The type and
number of decision points may be tailored to program needs. The Milestone Decision
Authority approves the program structure, including the type and number of decision
Business Capability Life Cycle Management
To meet the guidance for executing the Business Capability Lifecycle (BCL) and acquisition of defense business systems, governs the decision process for DBSs. Although the major milestones have the same names as those in the standard defense acquisition decision. Multiple increments may also be approved concurrently if they have well defined and approved requirements, are fully funded, and have appropriate entrance and exit criteria. For Increment two (2) and beyond, the Milestone Decision Authority must grant Authorization to Proceed (ATP) and document it in an Acquisition Decision Memorandum (ADM). ATP serves as the initiation of the 5-year period for time-certain delivery of capability to ensure compliance with section 2445(c) of title 10, United States Code.
Quality of Procurement Services
For over ten years
the DoD has spent more on service requirements than it has on equipment acquisitions.
While the acquisition of major systems follows a much defined process, the acquisition
of services tends to be more ad hoc. Services acquisition is not about awarding a
contract; it’s about acquiring performance results that meet performance requirements
needed to successfully execute an organization’s mission.