Much of the material in the following paragraphs is based on the
Interim Guidebook; however, the responsibilities and processes in the
guidebook (which is based on DoD 5000.2-R, now canceled) 17 are not mandatory. Therefore, the following is a “suggestion”
of activities and relationships that can accomplish the required TRAs.
Before an acquisition program can enter SDD (at Milestone B) or
LRIP (at Milestone C), technology maturity must be assessed.18 DoDI 5000.2, paragraph 3.7.2, establishes as acquisition policy
that “… Unless some other factor is overriding in its impact, the maturity of
the technology shall determine the path to be followed.” Paragraph 184.108.40.206
states that “… If [the] technology is not mature, the DoD Component shall use
alternative technology that is mature and that can meet the user’s needs.”
The PM is an especially important figure in defense acquisition.
He/she is responsible for planning and managing each program. The PM
normally19 reports to a Program Executive
Officer (PEO), who oversees several PMs. The PEO reports directly to the CAE,
who reports through the Component Secretary to the USD(AT&L). Similarly
important is the Component S&T Executive. He/she reports to the CAE and is
responsible for developing the noncommercial technologies that the Component
will need to meet future operational requirements. The DUSD(S&T) has an
oversight responsibility for this TD program as part of managing the overall
S&T program within DoD.
The Interim Guidebook suggests that the Component S&T
Executive should be responsible for directing the Component TRAs. For ACAT I
and ACAT IA programs, these TRAs are submitted to the CAE for approval, and an
information copy is sent to the DUSD(S&T). Subsequently, the CAE transmits
the action copy of the TRA to the DUSD(S&T), who is responsible for
evaluating each TRA received from a Component.
The TRA process involves the participation of the PM, the
Component S&T Executive, and the DUSD(S&T).20
Figure II-1 is a nominal timeline for the TRA activities while Figure
II-2 displays the principal activities of the DUSD(S&T) Action Officer
The following paragraphs describe the key activities and people
involved in the TRA process. Section IV of this document
explores the TRA process in more detail.
17 A new document to replace the
Interim Guidebook is being developed.
18 This is a regulatory requirement. See
DoDI 5000.2, Table E3.T2.
19 For a few special programs, the PM
reports directly to the CAE.
20 Appendix B includes from DoDD 5000.1,
DoDI 5000.2, and the Interim Guidebook extracts that establish or
suggest TRA responsibilities.