Transforming the Business Model for Defense Research and Development
Assessing Defense Reform Series
July 9, 2016Management of defense acquisition programs has historically followed a well-defined structure. The approach is described in detail in DoD Instruction 5000.02, which lays down a progression of acquisition activity from defining a need for a material solution, through technology maturation, detailed system design and development, to production and sustainment. This structure is ordered around unified acquisition programs, sometimes referred to as “programs of record.” Milestones separate different phases of the program, at which point a milestone decision authority determines whether the program is ready to proceed.