The Defense Acquisition Guidebook is designed to complement formal acquisition policy as described in DoD Directive 5000.01 and DoDI Instruction 5000.02 by providing the acquisition workforce with discretionary best practice that should be tailored to the needs of each program. The Guidebook is not a rule book or a checklist and does not require specific compliance with the business practice it describes. It is intended to inform thoughtful program planning and facilitate effective program management.
Ask A Professor (AAP) is a Department of Defense resource for asking acquisition and logistics questions concerning policies and practices.
AboutThe Acquisition Requirements Roadmap Tool (ARRT) is a Better Buying Power job aid designed to help you improve the tradecraft in service acquisitions.
Main features of ARRT:
Effective Integration of Cybersecurity into the DoD Acquisition Lifecycle encompasses several different processes:
Understanding what these processes are and how they interact will lead to better acquisition outcomes. The Cybersecurity & Acquisition Lifecycle Integration Tool (CALIT) provides the user the insight into these supporting processes and the ability to visualize how these processes work together to promote cyber resilient weapon systems.
Product Support Management is the planning, management and funding of the package of support functions required to field and maintain the readiness and operational capability of major weapon systems, subsystems, and components. It includes all functions related to weapon system readiness and is built upon the Integrated Product Support (IPS) elements. This tool is designed to assist the Defense Acquisition Workforce understand and build the best product support package in support of the Warfighter. The tool provides detailed activity and output listings across the lifecycle and by IPS Element. It provides information via a“List View”, which is a compact list of Product Support activities and outputs required, as well as a “Timeline View” showing activities and outputs over the total lifecycle.
Product Support Analytical Tools Database Information
Integrated Product Support Elements Addressed
These tools aid in reviewing and completing failure mode effect analysis (FMEA).
This document is part of an Integrated Product Support Guidebook Suite and serves as an important resource for defense acquisition workforce members to use in crafting and successfully executing life cycle product support and sustainment strategies.
The Milestone Document Identification tool (MDID) helps acquisition personnel filter through statutory and regulatory document requirements as identified in the following tables of the DoDI 5000.02:
Integrated Product Support Elements Addressed
This repository profiles hundreds of government and commercial tools used to help facilitate product support decisions, with an emphasis on DoD weapon system product support. This database includes decision support tools and data sources for product support modeling, simulation, management, analysis, assessment, evaluation, and logistics product data management.
For each tool, you’ll find:
The Product Support Strategy Development Tool supports DoD Product Support Managers (PSM) and Life Cycle Logistics workforce members in developing affordable and executable product support strategies, while expanding on and reinforcing DoD product support guidance contained in both the DoD Product Support Manager's Guidebook and the DoD Performance Based Logistics Guidebook.
The Comparison of Major Contract Types Chart is based on the information in the Contract Pricing Reference Guides (Volume 4 – Advanced Issues in Contract Pricing, Chapter 1 - Establishing And Monitoring Contract Type), and updated for statutory/regulatory/policy changes and court decisions that have not been included in the Guides. The current version of the chart has been updated to include two Department of Defense deviations to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), changes to Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 5000.02, Operation of the Defense Acquisition System (Incorporating Change 4, August 31, 2018), and updates to the Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG).
On the reverse side of the Chart is additional information on contract types, pricing arrangements, and incentives used in Defense Systems Management College (DSMC) courses at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU).
The chart was formatted duplex, two-sided, printing on 11 x 17 paper.
The following website provided by GSA's Acquisition Gateway may be used to aid in developing a performance-based solicitation, contract or task order, and to assist in determining whether an existing solicitation, contract or task order may be appropriately classified as a performance-based acquisition (PBA). The site includes a description of the eight steps and links to resources to help the team with their acquisition.
This website is not intended to usurp contracting officer discretion or authority regarding how to structure an acquisition. However, the more an acquisition departs from adherence to PBA best practices, the less likely the agency will achieve the benefits of improved contractor performance and lower price that PBA can provide.
The DoD uses a 7-step services acquisition process that may be found in the Defense Acquisition Guidebook, chapter 10, Acquisition of Services and the Service Acquisition Mall.
Allows the user to enter up to 50 observations
for the automatic calculation of key descriptive statistics helping define the
shape, center and spread for the distribution of the data entered. A histogram
is also automatically produced along with the identification of any outliers
that may exist in the data entered.