DoD Instruction 5000.02 7 Jan 2015

DoD Instruction 5000.02T “Operation of the Defense Acquisition System” – 10 Aug 2017

Update: DoD Instruction 5000.02 “Operation of the Adaptive Acquisition Framework” dated 23 January 2020 has been released.

Note: According to Section 1.4 Transition Plan of the new instruction the old DoDI 5000.02 dated Jan 7, 2015 (Change 3 dated 10 Aug 2017) has been renumbered to DoDI 5000.02T. DoDI 5000.02T will remain in effect, with content removed as it’s cancelled or transitions to a new issuance, as show in Table 1 of the new DoDI 5000.02. [2]


The Defense Acquisition System is directed by DoD Instruction 5000.02T, “Operation of the Defense Acquisition System” dated (Change 3) August 10, 2017. The instruction provides the policies and principles that govern the defense acquisition system and forms the foundation for all DoD programs that include weapon systems, services, and Automated Information Systems (AIS). It establishes a Management Framework for translating user needs and technology opportunities into stable, affordable and well-managed acquisition programs. The instruction also identifies the specific statutory and regulatory reports and other information requirements for each Milestone and Decision Point. The instruction is published by the Under Secretary of Defense (USD) for Acquisition and Logistics (A&L). [1]

Table of Content

  1. Purpose
  2. Applicability
  3. Policy
  4. Responsibility
  5. Procedures
  6. Releasability
  7. Effective Date
  8. Enclosures
    1. Acquisition Program Categories and Compliance Requirements
    2. Program Management
    3. Systems Engineering
    4. Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E)
    5. Operational and Live-Fire Test and Evaluation
    6. Life-Cycle Sustainment Planning
    7. Human Systems Integration (HSI)
    8. Affordability Analysis and Investment Constraints
    9. Analysis of Alternatives (AoA)
    10. Cost Estimating and Reporting
    11. Requirements Applicable To All Programs Containing Information Technology (IT)
    12. (Cancelled) Acquisition of Defense Business Systems (DBS)
    13. Urgent Capability Acquisition
    14. Cybersecurity in the Defense Acquisition System

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Updated: 1/23/2020

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