A Materiel Development Decision (MDD) is a point in time where the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) analysis has identified a capability gap/need and a MDD Review has determined a materiel solution is needed. The MDD is the formal point that initiates the Materiel Solutions Analysis (MSA) Phase.
After a program has an approved MDD, the Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) process is expected to contribute to the selection of a preferred materiel solution that satisfies the capability need documented in the approved Initial Capabilities Document (ICD). In an Evolutionary Acquisition program, the initial increment will be preceded by a MDD but follow-on increments will start at a predetermined Milestone.
There is no information required by Statute for a MDD for an Acquisition Program.
AcqLinks and References:
- Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG) – Chapter 3
- DoD Directive 5000.01 “Defense Acquisition System”
- DoD Instruction 5000.02 “Operation of the Defense Acquisition System”
- Directive-Type Memorandum (DTM) 10-017 “Development Planning to Inform Materiel Development Decision (MDD) Reviews and Support Analyses of Alternatives (AoA)” – 16 Jan 2013