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Can a TRA for an Army program be conducted by the Air Force?
7/18/2017 2:53:00 PM
Question: What agencies can provide the TRA for the Army?
Answer: Per DODI 5000.02; Feb 2, 2017; the TRA should be conducted in the TMRR Phase: Para 5.d.(4)(a) states, "The purpose of this ...(More)
What is the best current diagram showing TRLs, BAs, and JCIDS on one slide/diagram?
7/12/2017 9:58:00 AM
Question: Can you provide a single current DAU solution which reflects all this data on one slide, image or diagram?
Answer: I have been unable to find any artifact that captures all three in a single slide. We have several slide variations that align TRLs with each ...(More)
12/21/2016 12:15:00 PM
Question: Is there a listing of science and technology BPA's or partnering with industries agreements that I can search to find good fit for our various science and research projects here at the USAFA?
Answer: The DoD doesn't maintain one, but you would be well-served by perusing the net and learni ...(More)
DoD Guidance for Conducting Joint Military Utility Assessments
12/20/2016 5:56:00 PM
Question: What are the DoD regulations, guides, instructions, pamphlets, etc governing or explaining how to conduct Joint Military Utility Assessments, Operational Utility Assessments or Military Utility Assessments? Answer: Prototypes and experimental prototypes are really more like ACTDs/JCTDs so t ...(More)
Is there a systemic means of estimating the Science and Technology cost?
10/20/2016 12:34:00 PM
Question: Is there a systematic means of estimating DoD S&T costs? It may be as crude as a percent of the subsequent RDT&E cost or a factor of the average procurement unit cost. Or it could be based on some parametric model (e.g., S&T cost of a next generation helicopter engine is a function of size, shaft horsepower, etc.). It would be even better, if the estimation method breaks down costs by the Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs). Alternatively, is there a database of historic S&T programs and their costs? ...(More)
When can 6.4 funds be used on a TRL 5 level piece of equipment
8/18/2016 3:00:00 PM
Question: Can 6.4 funds be used to get the device to TRL 6 for testing? Does this depend if the system is almost ready for testing but requires a slight effort to get TRL 6.? Say the device is TRL 5.8
Answer: Thanks for your question. Under the DOD Financial Management Regulation (Volume 2B, Chapter ...(More)
Sharing with industry and academy
8/2/2016 8:37:00 AM
Question: TRADOC ARCIC exploring LL/BP on how to share information with industry and academy earlier in the US Army Concept and Capability Development process. Can you refer me to a POC that can speak to the ASA ASC way(s) you use technology to share information and collaborate with non-CAC industry and academy?
Answer: DAU does not have any lessons or best practices on sharing information with non-CAC industry and ...(More)