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PPBE Training Workshop | Defense Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution3 days

Defense Acquisition System Process is the management process of a defense program. The Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Process is one of three (3) processes (Acquisition, Requirements and Funding) that make up and support the Defense Acquisition System and is implemented by DoD Instruction 5000.02 “Operation of the Adaptive Acquisition Framework”. This instruction provides the policies and principles that govern the defense acquisition system and forms the management foundation for all DoD programs.

It also identifies the specific statutory and regulatory reports and other information requirements for each Milestone Review and decision point. The DoD calls the system an event based process where a program goes thru a series of processes, milestones and reviews from beginning to end. Each milestone is the culmination of a phase were it’s determined if a program will proceed into the next phase. The DoD management technique that integrates all these essential acquisition activities is called the; Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD).

It’s an event based process where a defense program goes thru a series of processes, milestones and reviews from beginning to end. Each milestone is the culmination of a phase were it’s determined if a program will proceed into the
next phase. The management technique that integrates all these essential acquisition activities is called; Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD).
The Acquisition Process is made up of five (5) phases.

Each phase has specific DoD regulations and federal statute that must be met. At the end of each phase there is a Milestone Review (A,B,C) to determine if the program has met these required regulations and statues to continue on into the next phase.

The phases are:
Materiel Solution Analysis (MSA) Phase: assesses potential solutions for a needed capability in an Initial Capabilities Document (ICD) and to satisfy the Entrance Criteria for the next program milestone.

Technology Maturation & Risk Reduction (TMRR) Phase: reduce technology risk, engineering integration, life-cycle cost risk and to determine the set of technologies to be integrated into a full system.

Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) Phase: system is developed and designed before going into production. Production & Deployment (PD) Phase: manufacture system that satisfies an operational capability is produced and deployed to an end user. Operations & Support (O&S) Phase: a system is used and supported by users in the field.