4.1. The Defense Acquisition System exists to manage the nation's investments in technologies, programs, and product support necessary to achieve the National Security Strategy and support the United States Armed Forces. The investment strategy of the Department of Defense shall be postured to support not only today's force, but also the next force, and future forces beyond that.
4.2. The primary objective of Defense
acquisition is to acquire quality products that satisfy user needs with
measurable improvements to mission capability and operational support, in a
timely manner, and at a fair and reasonable price.
4.3. The following policies shall
govern the Defense Acquisition System:
4.3.1. Flexibility. There is no one best way to
structure an acquisition program to accomplish the objective of the
Defense Acquisition System. MDAs and PMs shall tailor program
strategies and oversight, including documentation of program information,
acquisition phases, the timing and scope of decision reviews, and decision
levels, to fit the particular conditions of that program, consistent with
applicable laws and regulations and the time-sensitivity of the capability
4.3.2. Responsiveness. Advanced technology shall
be integrated into producible systems and deployed in the shortest time
practicable. Approved, time-phased capability needs matched with
available technology and resources enable evolutionary acquisition
strategies. Evolutionary acquisition strategies are the preferred
approach to satisfying operational needs. Spiral development is the
preferred process for executing such strategies.
4.3.3. Innovation. Throughout the Department of
Defense, acquisition professionals shall continuously develop and
implement initiatives to streamline and improve the Defense Acquisition
System. MDAs and PMs shall examine and, as appropriate, adopt
innovative practices (including best commercial practices and electronic
business solutions) that reduce cycle time and cost, and encourage
4.3.4. Discipline. PMs shall manage programs
consistent with statute and the regulatory requirements specified in this
Directive and in reference (b). Every PM shall establish program
goals for the minimum number of cost, schedule, and performance parameters
that describe the program over its life cycle. Approved program
baseline parameters shall serve as control objectives. PMs shall
identify deviations from approved acquisition program baseline parameters
and exit criteria.
4.3.5. Streamlined and Effective Management.
Responsibility for the acquisition of systems shall be decentralized to
the maximum extent practicable. The MDA shall provide a single
individual with sufficient authority to accomplish MDA-approved program
objectives for development, production, and sustainment. The MDA
shall ensure accountability and maximize credibility in cost, schedule,
and performance reporting.
Additional policies that will be applied to the acquisition system are at enclosure