3.1. The Defense Acquisition System is the management
process by which the Department of Defense provides effective, affordable,
and timely systems to the users.
3.2. An Acquisition Program is a directed, funded effort
that provides a new, improved, or continuing materiel, weapon or information
system or service capability in response to an approved need.
3.3. The Defense Acquisition Executive (DAE) is the
USD(AT&L) who has responsibility for supervising the Defense Acquisition
System. The DAE takes precedence on all acquisition matters after the
Secretary and the Deputy Secretary.
3.4. The Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) is the
designated individual with overall responsibility for a program. The
MDA shall have the authority to approve entry of an acquisition program into
the next phase of the acquisition process and shall be accountable for cost,
schedule, and performance reporting to higher authority, including
3.5. The Program Manager (PM) is the designated individual
with responsibility for and authority to accomplish program objectives for
development, production, and sustainment to meet the user's operational
needs. The PM shall be accountable for credible cost, schedule, and
performance reporting to the MDA.