The senior official in each DoD Component responsible for acquisition matters is known as the Component Acquisition Executive (CAE). The CAE is the Secretary of the Military Department, or the Head of the Defense Agency, with power of redelegation. In the military departments, the Secretaries have delegated this responsibility to the assistant secretary level, commonly called the Service Acquisition Executives, or SAEs. The SAE for the Army is the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. The Department of the Navy SAE (includes Marine Corps) is the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition. The SAE for the Air Force is the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. The SAE reports to the Secretary administratively and to the USD(AT&L) for acquisition management matters. Each SAE also serves as the Senior Procurement Executive for their military department. In this capacity, they are responsible for management direction of their respective service procurement system. The United States Special Operations Command also has an acquisition executive.
ACAT ID programs destined for review/approval by the USD(AT&L), and other programs reviewed by the components, follow the same basic management oversight process, but the final decision authority is at a lower level for the latter programs. Similarly, ACAT IAM programs destined for review/approval by the ASD(C3I), and automated information system acquisition programs reviewed by the Components follow the same basic management oversight process, but with the final decision authority at the lower level for the latter programs.
Component Chief Information Officers The DoD Components have set up an oversight and review process for nonmajor automated information systems acquisition programs for which the milestone decision authority may be the Component Chief Information Officer or the SAE. The Department of the Army Chief Information Officer is the Director for Information Systems, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers. The Depart-ment of the Navy Chief Information Officer is a stand-alone position reporting directly to the Secretary of the Navy, so the Navy SAE retains milestone authority. In the Department of the Air Force, the Air Force Acquisition Executive is also the Air Force Chief Information Officer.
Direct Reporting Program Managers Some program
managers do not report to a PEO, but instead report directly to the CAE. These
direct reporting program managers are typically one or two star officers or
senior executive service civilian equivalents who manage priority programs of
such a nature that direct access to the Component acquisition executive is
deemed appropriate. Examples are the Department of the Army's Program Managers
for Biological Defense and Chemical Demilitarization and the Department of the
Navy's Program Managers for Strategic Systems and the Advanced Amphibious