Template Disciplines Can Help You Comply With the Revised DoD Directive 5000.1 and Instruction 5000.2.
The revised DoDD 5000.1, Defense Acquisition, DoDI 5000.2, Defense Acquisition Management Policies and Procedures, and a new publication, DoD 5000.2M, Defense Acquisition Management Documentation and Reports, govern the management of defense acquisition, give acquisition procedures and provide specific guidelines and formats for preparing milestone documentation and periodic reports. These documents replace the 1987 version of DoDD 5000.1 and DoDI 5000.2. The new documents have been significantly expanded, now containing over 850 pages; they cancel and supersede provisions of over 60 DoD directives, instructions and memorandums.
DoDD 5000.1 is effective immediately. DoDI 5000.2 is effective immediately, for planning purposes. New milestone review procedures and documentation requirements will apply to programs with scheduled milestone reviews after 23 August 1991. However, programs that are past Milestone II by 23 August 1991 will not need to rewrite existing approved or validated requirements documents to comply with the new formats. DoD 5000.2-M is effective immediately for periodic reports (e.g., SARs) and required certifications.
The requirements process is structured on the basis of defining minimum acceptable requirements and objectives, thereby establishing a range of possible alternatives. Provision is made for evolution of system capabilities within that range, based on performance, cost, and schedule risks and tradeoffs addressed in program baselines and approved by the milestone decision authority.
The Mission Need Statement (MNS) and the Operational Requirements Document ( ORD) are the primary requirements documents for all defense acquisition programs and will be standardized across the Services. They replace all Service-unique requirements documents (e.g., O&O Plan, ROC, JSOR).
Integrated Program Summary
The Integrated Program Summary (IPS) is the primary document supporting milestone decisions. It replaces the SCP/DCP and provides a summary of program structure, status and assessment. Also an Integrated Program Assessment (IPA) will be prepared by the functional staff for Milestone I, II, III, and IV reviews. It provides an independent assessment of program status and readiness to proceed into the next acquisition phase.
Acquisition Decision Memoranda
Acquisition Decision Memoranda (ADM) issued following each milestone review must now contain "exit criteria" (specific program accomplishments to be satisfied prior to progressing further in an acquisition phase). Exit criteria supplement minimum required accomplishments and are specific to each acquisition phase.
A limitation of no more than two levels of review between Program Managers and their designated milestone decision authority has been established. This limitation also applies to non-major programs and highly classified programs below the cost threshold for major programs.
The DoD Templates were created to
help make this complex system more manageable by identifying the areas of the greatest
risk. The following quotes are taken straight from the pages of DoDD 5000.1
and DoDI 5000.2. Each quote is matched with the name of the
specific template which addresses the need referred to in the quote. They are arranged
alphabetically by the name of the template, for quick reference.