The DUSD(S&T) is required to evaluate the Component TRA
before Milestone B and Milestone C of ACAT ID and ACAT IAM programs. An AO,
designated by the DUSD(S&T), will normally lead the evaluation effort.
When the DUSD(S&T) designates an AO, the DUSD(S&T)
sends a memorandum to the Directors of his/her staff. This memorandum alerts
them to a possible need to provide assistance in their respective technology
areas and requests them to designate a point of contact (POC) within their
Directorates. If other elements of the USD(AT&L) organization are needed
to support the TRA evaluation, that support is also requested by
The AO provides copies of the Component TRA to the
designated POCs and invites comments by a certain date.
The AO reviews the TRA and calls for assistance, as
necessary, to obtain a competent assessment of the critical technologies or
to determine whether all the critical technologies have been
If a disagreement with the Component TRA emerges, this is
noted in a memorandum to the DUSD(S&T). If the disagreement would
jeopardize a favorable decision by the USD(AT&L) or the ASD(NII), the AO
obtains a full explanation (and concurrence with the memorandum) from the
The AO conveys the evaluation results to the DUSD(S&T)
in a briefing or memorandum. Key Directors attend or coordinate.
If the DUSD(S&T) does not concur with the Component TRA,
the AO prepares the action memorandum to conduct an independent TRA.
The AO prepares a memorandum for DUSD(S&T) signature.
This memorandum gives the evaluation results of the Component TRA and the
independent TRA, if conducted. It is sent to the Chairman of the OIPT or IT
OIPT and to the Executive Secretary of the DAB or the appropriate staff
officer for the ITAB.