Acquisition Process
- Overview: Acquisition Process
- Overview: Procurement Process
- Pre-Phase A:Materiel Solution Analysis
- Phase A: Technology Development
- Phase B: EMD
- Phase C: Production & Deployment
- Phase C: Operations & Support
 
- Aquisition Category (ACAT)
- Acquisition Decision Memorandum
- Acquisition Plan
- Acquisition Phases
- Acquisition Program Baseline (APB)
- Acquisition Strategy
- Alternative Materiel Solution (AMS)
- Alternative System Review (ASR)
- Analysis of Alternatives (AoA)
- Capabilty Production Document (CPD)
- Critical Design Review (CDR)
- Defense Acquisition Board (DAB)
- Defense Acquisition Executive Summary (DAES) Report
- Disposal and Demilitarization Phase
- DoD Directive 5000.01
- DoD Instruction 5000.02
- DoD Space Acquisitions System
- Evolutionary Acquisition
- Exit /Entrance Criteria
- Fight Readiness Review (FRR)
- Full-Operational Capability (FOC)
- Full-Rate Production Decision Review
- Initegrated Baseline Review (IBR)
- In-Service Review (ISR)
- Initial Operational Capability (IOC)
- Initial Operational Test & Evaluation
- Live-Fire Test & Evaluation (LFT&E)
- Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP)
- Major Automated Information System
- Major Defense Acquisition Program
- Major Reviews
- Materiel Development Decision (MDD)
- Milestone A
- Milestone B
- Milestone C
- Milestone Requirements Matrix
- Milestone Decision Authority (MDA)
- Milestone Overview
- NSS 03-01 - Space Regulation
- Operational Test Readiness Review
- Production & Deployment Phase
- Performance-Based Acquisitions
- Production Readiness Review (PRR)
- Preliminary Design Review (PDR)
- Selected Acquisition Report (SAR)
- System Functional Review (SFR)
- System Verification Review (SVR)
- Technology Development Strategy
- Test Readiness Review (TRR)
- Technology Readiness Assessment
Acquisition Process
Milestone Decision Authority (MDA)


The Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) is the overall executive sponsor responsible of any Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP).  The MDA formally initiate each increment of an evolutionary acquisition program as required by DoD Instruction 5000.02 "Operation of the Defense Acquisition System" - 26 Nov 2013. They determine if a program has met its phase exit requirement and can proceed into the next phase during a Milestone review in terms of cost, schedule and performance.  The Under Secretary of Defense (USD) (AT&L) is the MDA for all major Acquisition Category (ACAT) 1 programs unless delegated. Program initiation may occur at Milestone B or C.

For MDAP at Milestone B, the MDA must certify in writing to Congress that the program is affordable, and that the Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (DCAPE) concurs with reasonable cost and schedule estimates to execute the program development and production plans.

MDA Reviews: 

 

The MDA is the approval authority for:

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AcqLinks and References:
- Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG) - Chapter 10
- DoD Directive 5000.01 "Defense Acquisition System" - 20 Nov 2007
- DoD Instruction 5000.02 "Operation of the Defense Acquisition System" - 26 Nov 2013

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