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/tools/t/Defense-Acquisition-GuidebookCurrent average rating is 4 and a half stars.ApprovedDefense Acquisition Guidebook

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.

/tools/t/ACQuipediaCurrent average rating is 4 and a half stars.Approved
ACQuipedia serves as an online encyclopedia of common defense acquisition topics. Each topic is identified as an article. Each article contains a definition, a brief narrative that provides context, and includes links to the most pertinent policy, guidance, tools, practices, and training which further augment understanding and expand depth.

/tools/t/Ask-a-ProfessorCurrent average rating is 4 and a half stars.ApprovedCompleted

Ask A Professor (AAP) is a Department of Defense resource for asking acquisition and logistics questions concerning policies and practices. 

/tools/t/DAU-GlossaryCurrent average rating is 5 stars.Approved
The Glossary of Defense Acquisition Acronyms and Terms, contains most acronyms, abbreviations, and terms commonly used in the systems acquisition process within the Department of Defense (DoD) and defense industries. It focuses on terms with generic DoD application but also includes some service-unique terms.   It has been extensively revised to reflect current acquisition initiatives and policies.

/tools/t/Acquisition-Requirements-Roadmap-Tool-(ARRT)-SuiteCurrent average rating is 4 and a half stars.Approved

The 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:

  • Develop performance based service requirements following a proven process
  • Create your draft Performance Work Statement (PWS), Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP), and Performance Requirements Summary (PRS)
  • Develop your contract source selection factors
  • Monitor and track contractor performance based on your PWS
  • Develop your Independent Government Cost Estimate
  • Provides a standard template that may be tailored for the PWS, QASP, and PRS
  • Export draft documents to MS Word or MS Excel
  • Automated MS Access Database file
Download Instructions
After clicking the "Launch Tool" button, a zipped folder will download to your computer containing the tools and instructions on how to begin using ARRT. 

For more information
Support for the tool is provided through the website and the Service Acquisition Mall. The ARRT team will monitor questions and issues and will attempt to resolve user issues, however there is no express warranty or direct support guaranteed in the use of ARRT. If you have questions, feel free to address them as part of the ACE for Services community of practice.

Product Support Analytical Tools Database Information

Processes Supported
  • Other
Integrated Product Support Element(s) Addressed
Departments Associated  
  • Army
  • Navy / Marine Corps
  • Air Force
  • Agencies

/tools/t/Cybersecurity-and-Acquisition-Lifecycle-Integration-Tool-(CALIT)Current average rating is 4 stars.Approved

Effective Integration of Cybersecurity into the DoD Acquisition Lifecycle encompasses several different processes:

  • DoDI 5000.02 - Operation of the Defense Acquisition System, Encl 14 (Cybersecurity in the Defense Acquisition System)
  • DoDI 8510.01 - Risk Management Framework (RMF) for DoD Information Technology (IT)
  • Cybersecurity Test and Evaluation
  • Program Protection
  • System Security Engineering (SSE)

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. 

Note: PowerPoint must be placed in presentation mode to use the tool. 
/tools/t/DoD-Integrated-Product-Support-(IPS)-Implementation-RoadmapCurrent average rating is 5 stars.Approved

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

Processes Supported

Departments Associated

  • Army
  • Navy / Marine Corps
  • Air Force
  • Agencies

Integrated Product Support Elements Addressed

/tools/t/Failure-Mode-Effect-Analysis-Tools-Current average rating is 5 stars.Approved

These tools aid in reviewing and completing failure mode effect analysis (FMEA). 

/tools/t/Life-Cycle-Sustainment-Plan-(LCSP)-Simplified-Outline-Current average rating is 4 and a half stars.Approved
This document is an editable, simplified outline for the Life Cycle Sustainment Plan. Review guidance for using it, in the 14 Sep 11 Acting USD(AT&L) Document Streamlining - Life-Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP) policy. Find updated guidance and examples on the Web-enabled LCSP Outline.

/tools/t/Life-Cycle-Sustainment-Plan-(LCSP)-OutlineCurrent average rating is 3 stars.ApprovedCompleted
Additional Resources:
DoD Instruction 5000.02

The LCSP Outline exists to help you visualize the critical elements of a Life-Cycle Sustainment Plan, and to think systematically when developing and communicating your plan across the enterprise. This online resource is provided as information only. In addition to the outline below, programs should also consult DoD Instruction 5000.02, Enclosure 6, their respective Service Guidance, the Defense Acquisition Guide (DAG) Chapter 4 and other sections of this web site. This updated Version 2.0 was issued by DoD in January 2017, and augments the original September 2011 version issued by the USD(AT&L).

This resource has the latest thinking and alternative examples for each LCSP section. It is not meant to be a fixed template to simply copy and paste information into - please tailor the LCSP to meet your unique program needs. Consequently, font sizes, typefaces, and colors for the tables are not mandated.

DAU also offers several related learning assets, including CLL 005 Developing a Life Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP) Continuous Learning Module and an LCSP ACQuipedia Article.

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. 

/tools/t/Milestone-Document-Identification-Tool-(MDID)-Current average rating is 4 and a half stars.Approved

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:

  1. Table 2: Milestone and Phase Information Requirements
  2. Table 5: Recurring Programs Reports
  3. Table 6: Exceptions, Waivers, and Alternative Reporting Requirements
  4. Table 10: Information Requirements Unique to the Urgent Needs Rapid Acquisition Process
Tags: Product Support Analytical Tools Database, Army, Navy / Marine Corps, Air Force, Agencies, Product Support Management

/tools/t/Product-and-Service-Code-Selection-ToolCurrent average rating is 5 stars.Approved
The Product and Service Code (PSC) Selection Tool, is a tool designed to help you navigate and select PSCs quickly and accurately. 

The tool allows users to find the right PSC using DOD’s taxonomy, an intuitive framework that groups similar PSCs together. The taxonomy divides PSCs into sixteen portfolio groups: nine services groups and seven products groups. For more information on DOD’s taxonomy, please refer to the FY2012 memo announcing DOD’s taxonomy and the full taxonomy-to-PSC map.

The PSC Selection Tool also provides users with additional useful information about each PSC including the PSC to the Object Classification Code outlined in the PSC-to-OCC crosswalk and suggested NAICS code for many PSCs.

Product Support Analytical Tools Database Information

Processes Supported

  • Other

Departments Associated

  • Army
  • Navy / Marine Corps
  • Air Force
  • Agencies

Integrated Product Support Elements Addressed

/tools/t/Product-Support-Analytical-Tools-DatabaseCurrent average rating is 4 stars.Approved

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:

  1. A description.
  2. The processes the tool or data source supports. 
  3. The Integrated Product Support Elements the tool or data source supports.
  4. Services that use the tool or data source.
  5. Ways to view additional information about each tool or data source​.
The majority of these tools are workforce submitted. You must be signed in to for all tools to be visible. 

/tools/t/Product-Support-Strategy-Development-ToolCurrent average rating is 4 and a half stars.Approved

​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.

Related Resources

/tools/t/Comparison-of-Major-Contract-Types-ChartCurrent average rating is 5 stars.Approved

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.

/tools/t/EVM-General-Reference-(Gold-Card)Current average rating is 4 and a half stars.Approved
The purpose of this single-sheet reference is to:
  1. Define common Earned Value Management (EVM) terminology ''alphabet soup''
  2. List EVM metric equations
  3. Labels the most common EVM graph
  4. It also summarizes DoD EVM policy
/tools/t/Cybersecurity-Quick-Reference-(Black-Card)Current average rating is 4 stars.Approved
This quick reference card provides information on Cybersecurity for the Defense Acquisition Workforce.
/tools/t/Cost-Breach-CardCurrent average rating is 5 stars.Approved
The purpose of this single-sheet reference is to provide information on:
  1. MDAP Nunn-McCurdy breaches
  2. Repeal of MAIS Annual Reporting
/tools/t/Steps-to-Performance-Based-AcquisitionCurrent average rating is 4 stars.Approved

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.

/tools/t/Armed-Services-Pricing-Manual,-Volume-1Item is currently unrated.Approved
This volume contains instructional material dealing with the whole range of contract pricing and is based on the policies and procedures of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the DoD FAR Supplement (DFARS). It uses detailed discussions and examples to illustrate the application of pricing policy to pricing problems, but it is not directive. 

The manual is to be used for training, both in classrooms and on the job. 
/tools/t/Armed-Services-Pricing-Manual,-Volume-2-Price-AnalysisItem is currently unrated.Approved
This volume is the first major Department of Defense effort to focus on how to use price analysis, and it is the first major effort to list and describe sources of pricing information. For the most part, this volume addresses price analysis as it can and should be done, even though not all organizations are set up in such a manner that their contract specialists will be able to operate in the ways described.
/tools/t/Forces-Command-Handbook-for-Cost-and-Price-AnalysisItem is currently unrated.Approved
The purpose of this manual is to give the contracting professional a solid underpinning of knowledge about cost, price and value analysis, and to provide a number of concepts and tools intended to ground the beginner and refresh the knowledge of the experienced practitioner.

/tools/t/Partnering-for-Success---A-Blueprint-for-Promoting-Government-Industry-Communications-and-TeamworkItem is currently unrated.Approved
This Guide prepared by the Army Materiel Command provides the acquisition community with a tool that can maximize the potential for achieving contractual objectives. This tool is called "partnering". Partnering is a commitment between government and industry to improve communications and avoid disputes. It is accomplished through an informal process with the primary goal of providing American soldiers with quality supplies and services, on time, and at a reasonable price.
/tools/t/Basic-Stats-ToolCurrent average rating is 5 stars.Approved

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.

/tools/t/Cost-Accounting-Standards-(CAS)-Coverage-and-Disclosure-Statement-DeterminationItem is currently unrated.Approved
This flowchart is useful in determining whether a contract or subcontract meets the requirements for exemption from the Cost Accounting Standards.  It is also useful in determing whether a CAS-covered contract or subcontract is subject modified or full coverage; and whether a requirement exists to submit a Disclosure Statement.

/tools/t/Cost-Realism-Handbook-for-Assuring-More-Realistic-Contractor-Cost-ProposalsCurrent average rating is 1 star.Approved
This guide is an attempt to train direct cost analysts to ensure the government pays for fair and resonable direct costs. It seeks to teach beginners in direct cost analysis how to be effective in their work. This guide does not represent establishment of government policy. 
/tools/t/DoD-Cybersecurity-Test-and-Evaluation-GuidebookItem is currently unrated.Approved
The purpose of this guidebook is to provide guidance to Chief Developmental Testers, Lead De-velopmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E) Organizations, Operational Test Agencies (OTAs) and the larger test community on planning, analysis, and implementation of cybersecurity T&E.
/tools/t/DoD-Government-Charge-Card-Guidebook-for-Establishing-and-Managing-Purchase,-Travel,-and-Fuel-Card-ProgramsItem is currently unrated.Approved
This guide’s purpose is to help Department of Defense officials establish and manage charge card programs. It provides an inventory of the pertinent policies and processes, with a goal to streamline and consolidate processes common to the purchase, travel, air, fleet, and fuel card programs.
/tools/t/DoD-Guide-to-Uniquely-Identifying-ItemsItem is currently unrated.Approved
This guide is intended for use by DoD Components and contractors and suppliers required to mark unique item identifiers on items.
/tools/t/DoD-Program-Manager-Guidebook-for-Integrating-the-Cybersecurity-Risk-Management-Framework-(RMF)-into-the-System-Acquisition-LifecycleCurrent average rating is 5 stars.Approved,%20Cybersecurity%20Risk%20Management%20Framework,%20v1.08,%20Sep%202015.pdf?Web=1
The risk management framework (RMF) brings a risk-based approach to the implementation of cybersecurity. Transition to the RMF leverages existing acquisition and systems engineering personnel, processes, and the artifacts developed as part of existing systems security engineering (SSE) activities. Unlike a compliance-based checklist approach, the RMF supports integration of cybersecurity in the systems design process, resulting in a more trustworthy system that can dependably operate in the face of a capable cyber adversary.

This guidebook emphasizes integrating cybersecurity activities into existing processes including requirements, SSE, program protection planning, trusted systems and networks analysis, developmental and operational test and evaluation, financial management and cost estimating, and sustainment and disposal.

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