Figure 1. The Defense
Acquisition Management System.
Consistent with this Instruction and Reference
(b), the Program Manager (PM) and the MDA shall exercise discretion and
prudent business judgment to structure a tailored, responsive, and innovative
Following the Materiel Development Decision, the MDA may authorize entry into
the acquisition management system at any point consistent with phase-specific
entrance criteria and statutory requirements. Progress through the acquisition
management system depends on obtaining sufficient knowledge to continue to the
next phase of development.
tables in Enclosure 4 identify the
statutory and regulatory information requirements for each milestone and
decision point. Additional non-mandatory guidance on best practices, lessons
learned, and expectations is available in the Defense Acquisition Guidebook
Procedures associated with Acquisitions of Services and with Defense
Business Systems are described in Enclosures 9 and 11,