1.3 - A NEW WAY OF DOING
However, 1996 was a banner year for acquisition policy changes. Defense policies now included acquisition
streamlining, integrated product development, performance specifications, and the non-use of military specifications and standards. Many PMs dedicated many labor hours to implementing these new policies. The 15 March 1996 reissuance of DoDD 5000.1 and DoD
5000.2-R (later with change 1 of 13 December 1996) promulgated these policy changes in directive format. Just another change, not hardly!
The March 1996 polices are revolutionary. This is Not Business as Usual! The major thrusts of the new policies are teamwork (integrated product teams), teamwork with industry, tailoring, empowerment, only performing value-adding tasks, employing Cost As an independent Variable (CAIV), a preference for commercial items, and use of best practices. This guide will expand on these themes.