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Topic Name Description
Home Page
Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Home Page The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) DoD home page.
FAR FAR PDF Archived Versions Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
Air Force
Air Force FARSite (Federal Acquisition Regulation Site)
DFARS DFARS Table of Content The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (DFARS) is the official DoD regulator supplement to the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Defense Procurement Acquisition and Pricing Website.
Financial Management Laws A list of the main Financial Management Laws
Anti-Deficiency Act 31 USC § 1341 The Anti-Deficiency Act (ADA) enacted September 13, 1982, is legislation enacted by the United States Congress to prevent the incurring of obligations or the making of expenditures (outlays) in excess of amounts available in appropriations or funds.
USC, Title 10, Section 2533a The Berry Amendment requires the Department of Defense (DoD) to give preference in procurement to domestically produced, manufactured, or home grown products, most notably food, clothing, fabrics, and specialty metals
American Act
41 U.S.C.10a – 10d The Buy American Act (BAA) was passed in 1933 and restricts the purchase of supplies that are not domestic end products.
Clinger-Cohen Act 1. Information Technology Management Reform Act (ITMRA) (Division E)
2. Federal Acquisition Reform Act (FARA) (Division D)
The Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 is designed to improve the way the federal government acquires, uses and disposes information technology (IT). It’s comprised of two Acts.
Economy Act Subpart 17.502-5 – Economy Act The Economy Act (31 U.S.C. 1535) authorizes agencies to enter into agreements to obtain supplies or services by interagency acquisition.
Freedom of Information Act 5 U.S.C. § 552 The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal freedom of information law (5 U.S.C. § 552) that allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States government.
Misappropriation Act 31 USC, Section 1301 Misappropriation is the intentional and illegal use of funds for another use or other unauthorized purpose than its intended purpose. The Misappropriation Act (31 USC, Section 1301) requires that funds appropriated by Congress be used only of the programs and purposes for which the appropriation was made.
Nunn-McCurdy Act 10 U.S.C. § 2433 – Unit Cost Reports The Nunn-McCurdy Act (10 U.S.C. § 2433) requires DOD to report to Congress whenever a Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP) experiences cost overruns that exceed certain thresholds. The purpose of the act was to help control cost growth in major defense systems by holding the appropriate Pentagon officials and defense contractors publicly accountable and responsible for managing costs.
Privacy Act of 1974 5 U.S.C. § 552a The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a) establishes a Code of Fair Information Practice that governs the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of personally identifiable information about individuals that is maintained in systems of records by federal agencies.
US Code Title 10 U.S. House of Representatives Downloadable U.S. Code Title 10 – Armed Forces Title 10 provides the legal basis for the roles, missions and organization of each of the services as well as the United States Department of Defense.
Bona Fide Need Rule U.S. Code Title 31 Section 1502 The Bona Fide Need rule (31 USC, Section 1502) requires appropriated funds be used only for goods and services for which a need arises during the period of that appropriation’s availability for obligation.
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act 29 USC Chapter 23 WARN Act (29 USC Chapter 23) offers protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs. This notice must be provided to either affected workers or their representatives (e.g., a labor union); to the State dislocated worker unit; and to the appropriate unit of local government.





Topic Title Description
Government Magazines 
Cross Talk Magazine
Software Engineering
Cross Talk CrossTalk, The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, is an approved U.S. Department of Defense journal. CrossTalk’s mission is to encourage the engineering development of software in order to improve the reliability, sustainability, and responsiveness of our warfighting capability and to inform and educate readers on up-to-date policy decisions and new software engineering technologies
Journal of Software Technology
Journal of Cyber Security & Information Systems The DoD Journal of Cyber Security & Information Systems is published quarterly by the Cyber Security and Information Systems Information Analysis Center (CSIAC) Technology. The journal discusses technology software topics.
Defense AT&L Magazine
DAU Acquisition Related Magazine
Defense AT&L Defense AT&L is a bimonthly magazine published by DAU Press, Defense Acquisition University, for senior military personnel,
civilians, defense contractors, and defense industry professionals in program management and the acquisition, technology, and logistics workforce.
Journal of M&S
Modeling & Simulations
The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation: Applications, Methodology, Technology &The Modeling & Simulation (M&S) Journal The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation: Applications, Methodology, Technology (JDMS) is a journal devoted to advancing the practice, science, and art of modeling and simulation as it relates to the military and defense.
The M&S Journal by the M&S Coordination Office is a theme-based, quarterly publication of articles that highlight M&S technology, applications, prototype processes or products, points of view, or emerging philosophies.
Loglines Magazine
Logistics & Supply Management
Loglines  Loglines is a monthly magazine published by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). It addresses issues in logistics and supply management that are effecting the DoD.
National Defense Magazine
National Defense Magazine Magazine published by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) that addresses current and future issues effecting national defense, business and technology.
Commercial Magazines
Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine
Business & Technology
Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine
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Bloomberg Businessweek, commonly and formerly known as BusinessWeek, is a weekly business magazine published by Bloomberg L.P. It provides its readers with the latest international business news, global economic, technology and industry trends, company profiles, government policy and much more.



DoD Guides & Handbooks


DoD Guides & Handbooks

The DoD Guides and Handbooks listed below are a collection of the most frequently ones used in acquisitions.

Acquisitions     Architecting    Auditing     CBA     Contracts     Cost Estimating     DoDAF     EVMS     Financial Management     Glossary     Human System Integration     Information Security     Information Assurance     JCIDS Process     Logistics     Manufacturing     Program Management     PQM     Requirements     Risk     Safety     Security     Software     Space     Systems Engineering     Technology Development     Test & Evaluation

Topic Title Date
Acquisitions Defense Acquisition Guidebook Sep 13
NAVAIR Acquisition Guide Oct 13
Navy Acquisition Strategy Decision Guide Jan 01
Army Pamphlet 70-3 Mar 14
Army Weapons System Handbook
DSMC Acquisition Strategy Guide Dec 99
Defense Acquisition Program Support Methodology Guidebook version 2.0
Navy PEO Acquisition Program Structure Guide Feb 04
HSI and ESOH Handbook for Pre MS A JCIDS and AoA Activities Oct 13
MITRE Defense Agile Acquisition-Guide Mar 14
DoD Source Selection Procedures
TechFAR Handbook
Air Force Program Element Monitor (PEM) Handbook Apr 11
Guidebook for Performance Based Services Acquisition (PBSA) in DoD Dec 00
Architecting  Open System Architecture (OSA) Contract Guidebook for Program Managers  Jun 13
Naval Architecture Contract Guidebook Oct 07
Auditing DoD Audit Manual Feb 09
CBA Capabilities-Based Assessment (CBA) User’s Guide Dec 06
Contracts Contract Management Process Guide
Solicitation Preparation Guide for the Acquisition of Commercial Items by the DoD May 15
A Guide to Collection and Use of Past Performance Information
DCMA Contract Closeout Guidebook
Air Force Award Fee Guide Mar 02
Navy-Marine Corp Award Fee Guide Jul 04
Army Contracting Officer’s Representative Jan 05
DoD Contracting Officer Representative (COR) Handbook Mar 12
Defense Contingency COR Handbook Sep 12
Office of Small Business Benefit Analysis Guidebook Oct 07
SPAWAR Vendor Guide to Unsolicited Proposals Oct 05
Amy Justification and Approval (J&A) Sep 07
Justification & Approval Preparation Guide and Template
Developing a Performance Work Statement Handbook Sep 09
Incentive and Other Contract Types Mar 16
Innovative Contracting Case Studies Aug 14
Cost Estimating CAIG Operating and Support CostEstimating Guide
IPMR Implementation Guide Jan 13
GAO Cost Estimating Guide Mar 09
Parametric Estimating Handbook May 99
Army Cost Analysis Manual May 01
DFAS Contractor and Vendor Payment Information Guidebook
DoDAF DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF) Version 1.0 – Deskbook Aug 03
DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF) Version 2.0 – Deskbook Feb 04
EVMS Earned Value Management System (EVMS) Acceptance Guide – ANSI/EIA 748 Jan 06
NDIA Program Management Systems Committee (PMSC) EVMS Intent Guide May 11
Financial Management Performance Based Payment (PBP) Guide – 2014 2014
DoD Inflation Handbook Feb 06
Navy Total Ownership Cost Guidebook Jun 14
Glossary Glossary of Defense Acquisition Acronyms & Terms Handbook Nov 09
Human Systems Integration  Air Force Human System Integration Handbook
DoD Human Systems Integration Management Plan – Version 1
Information Security Glossary of Key Information Security Terms Feb 11
DoD Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide (SRD) Jan 15
Information Assurance Navy Information Assurance Manual Nov 05
NAVY DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process Handbook Jul 08
JCIDS Process Manual for the Operations of the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) Dec 15
Capabilities Based Assessment (CBA) Users Guide, Version 2 Dec 06
Logistics Performance Based Logistics (PBL) Guidebook May 14
DoD Reliability Availability and Maintainability (RAM) Guide Aug 05
DoD Product Support Manager (PSM) Guidebook Apr 11
Air Force Life Cycle Logistics Workforce Guidebook Apr 13
Flexibility Sustainment Guide Jul 99
Integrated Product Support Element Guidebook Dec 11
Draft Life Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP) Content Guide April 10
Draft Naval Aviation Systems Team Acquisition Logistics Support Plan Guide Jun 03
OSD “A Guide to Increased Reliability and Reduced Logistics Footprint” Oct 03
Manufacturing Manufacturing Readiness Level Deskbook v2.4 Aug 15
Corrosion Prevention and Control: A Program Management Guide for Selecting Materials Sept 06
DoD Uniquely Identified Items (UID) Guide Jun 06
Defense Manufacturing Management Guide for Program Managers Jul 12
Marketing Guide to DoD Contracting Opportunities Aug 11
Program Management DAU Program Managers Toolkit Jan 11
DAU Joint Program Managers Handbook Jul 04
DoD Integrated Master Plan and Integrated Master Schedule Preparation and User Guide Oct 05
A Guide for DoD Program Managers Dec 14
DoD Integrated Product and Process Development Handbook Aug 98
DoD Guide to Integrated Product and Process Development Feb 96
Army Guide to developing the PESHE Oct 01
Program Managers Guide to Open Systems Sep 04
Scheduling Guide for Program Managers Oct 01
Smart Shut Down Guidebook Oct 14
A Program Managers Guide to Buying Performance Nov 01
PQM SD-22 DoD Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Aug 12
SD-24 Value Engineering: A Guidebook of Best Practices and Tools Jun 11
Purchase Card DoD Government Charge Card Guidebook Apr 09
Requirements The Requirements Engineering Handbook by Ralph R. Young 2004
Joint Service Specification Guides
Initial Capabilities Document (ICD) Writers Guide Aug 09
Guide to Specifications Writing
Risk DoD Risk Management Guide (interim) Dec 14
Safety Air Force System Safety Handbook Jul 00


Handbook for Writing Security Classification Guides Nov 99
DoD Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide (SRG) Jan 15
Cybersecurity Test and Evaluation Guidebook  Oct 15
 A Guide for the Preparation of a DD Form 254 Jun 13
Software USAF Weapon System Software Management Guide Aug 08
MIL-STD-498 “Application and Reference Guidebook” Jan 96
Joint Software System Safety Engineering Handbook Aug 10
Guidebook for Acquisition of Naval Software Intensive Systems Sep 08
Space Air Force Manual (AFM) 99-113 “Space Systems Test and Evaluation Process” May 96
Space & Missile Systems Center Satellite Acquisition Process Map Jul 12
Systems Engineering Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Systems Engineering Primer & Handbook Jan 04
DAU Systems Engineering Fundamentals Guide Jan 01
NASA Systems Engineering Handbook 07
System Engineering Guidebook for Intelligent Transportation Systems Nov 09
Systems Engineering Guide for Systems of Systems (SoS) Aug 08
Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) Handbook Jul 16
Iterations in the Systems Engineering Process Guide Sep 9
Naval Systems Engineering Technical Review (SETR) Handbook, Version 1.0
Guide PESHE in the Systems Engineering Plan Oct 13
NAVSEA Technical Review Manual Dec 09
Technology Development Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA) Deskbook Jul 09
GAO-16-410G, DRAFT Technology Readiness Assessment Guide Aug 16
Technology Development and Transition Strategy Guidebook Jul 10
Technology Readiness Assessment Deskbook Jul 09
Energy Technology Roadmap Guide Jan 10
Test & Evaluation DoD Test and Evaluation Management Guide Dec 12
DOT&E and TEMP Guidebook Mar 13
Air Force Test & Evaluation Guidebook Dec 04
Program Managers Handbook for Testing in a Joint Environment Apr 09
Guide on Incorporating Test and Evaluation into Department of Defense Acquisition Contracts Oct 11

AcqLinks and References:





Topic Name Description
Acquisitions Acquisition Program Baseline (APB) A template used for the development of the Acquisition Program Baseline. See the web page for key content.
Acquisition Decision Memorandum (ADM) – MS A
Templates for the development of the Acquisition Plan (AP). See the Acquisition Plan web page for more detail.
DoD Template for Application of TLCSM and PBL The purpose of this template is to provide program managers, their staff, and logistics participants in the acquisition process a tool to assist them in ensuring that effective sustainment is addressed and accomplished over the life cycle.
Contract   Contract Maintainability Requirement
Justification & Approval (J&A)
Program Office Estimate (POE)
EVMS Advance Agreement The AA between the government and contractor specifies that the contractor maintain and use the accepted EVMS as an integral management process on current as well as future contracts.
Cost Analysis Requirements Description (CARD) Use this template as a guide for developing and completing a CARD, See the CARD web site for more info.
Information Information Support Plan (ISP)
JCIDS Concept of Operations (CONOPS) A template for the development of a program level CONOPS. See the CONOPS page for more details on the required information and critical items.
Logistics Life Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP) A template that provides an outline for the LCSP. See the Life-Cycle Sustainment Plan web page for more information.
Life-Cycle Signature Support Plan (LSSP)
A template for the creation of a project charter.
A template to describes the participation by various organizations, people and roles in completing tasks or deliverables for a project.
Project Work Statement
Proposal Evaluation Plan
Source Selection Plan (SSP)
Stakeholder Analysis Worksheet
Programmatic Environmental, Safety and Occupational Evaluation (PESHE) PESHE Template A template for the development of the Programmatic Environmental, Safety and Occupational Evaluation.
Quality Quality Management Plan A template used for the development of a quality management plan that would be inserted into the overall Acquisition Strategy.
Quality Assurance Plan A template used for the development of a quality assurance plan that would be inserted into the overall Acquisition Strategy.
A template used for the development of a program risk management plan. See the Risk Management Plan (RMP) web page for steps and format suggestions.
Requirements Capability Development Document (CDD) A teplate to beused for the development of a programs Capability Development Document (CDD)
Operational Requirements Document A template that addresses the capability gap which a product or system is intended to address, the overall mission area, the proposed system solution, and a summary of supporting analyses.
System Requirements Document (SRD)
Requirements Roadmap Worksheet
Security Program Protection Plan (PPP)
Software Software Development Plan Template The Software Development Plan (SDP) template helps a contracts put together a plan for conducting a software development effort.
Systems Engineering Plan (SEP)
Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA) Use the following template to create the contents of the Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA).  This template is based on Appendix A of the DoD TRA Deskbook.
Technology Development Strategy (TDS)
Test &
Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP) A template for the development of the Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP). The TEMP is included in the Acquisition Strategy.
DAG Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP) The Defense Acquisition Guide (DAG) template for the development of the Test and Evaluation Master Plan. The TEMP is included in the Acquisition Strategy.


AcqLinks and References:


DoD Instructions


DoD Instructions
The DoD Instructions listed below are a collection of the most frequently ones used in acquisition. For a complete detailed list visit the DoD Issuance website from the links below:

 DoD InstructionsUS DoD ASSIST and CJCS Instructions

Number Instruction Title Description Date
3100.12 Space Support Implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes guidelines and procedures regarding the space support mission area. 14 Sept 00
3204.01 DoD Policy for Oversight of Independent Research and Development (IR&D) Establishes policy and assigns responsibilities for DoD oversight of industry IR&D. 20 Aug 14
4120.24 Defense Standardization Program (DSP) This Instruction reissues DoD Instruction (DoDI) 4120.24 (Reference (b)) to establish policy and assign responsibilities for the DSP pursuant and establish the Charter for the Defense Standardization Council. 13 Jul 11
4151.19 Serialized Item Management (SIM) for Life-Cycle Management of Materiel This Instruction establishes a serialized item management program where the Military Departments and Defense Agencies. 9 Jan 14
4151.20 Depot Maintenance Core Capabilities Determination Process This Instruction implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures  to identify required core capabilities for depot maintenance and the associated workloads needed to sustain those capabilities. 5 Jan 07
4151.22 Condition Based Maintenance Plus (CBM+) for Materiel Maintenance CBM+ be included in the selection of maintenance concepts, technologies, and processes for all new weapon systems, equipment, and materiel programs based on readiness requirements, life-cycle cost goals, and RCM-based functional analysis. 16 Oct 12
4650.01 Policy and Procedures for Management and Use of the Electromagnetic Spectrum Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides instructions for management and use of the electromagnetic spectrum 9 Jan 09
5000.02 Defense Acquisition Establishes a simplified and flexible management framework for translating capability needs and technology opportunities, based on approved capability needs, into stable, affordable,and well-managed acquisition programs that include weapon systems, services, and automated information systems (AISs). 2 Feb 17
5000.60 Defense Industrial Capabilities Assessments Guidlines for conducting an Industrial Capabilities Assessment 18 Jul 14
5000.61 DoD Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Verification, Validation, and Accreditation (VV&A) Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for the VV&A of models, simulations, distributed simulations, and their associated data. 9 Dec 09
5000.74 Defense Acquisition of Services Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides direction for the acquisition of contracted services. 5 Jan 16
5000.75 Business Systems Requirements and Acquisitions Establishes policy for the use of the business capability acquisition cycle (BCAC) for business systems requirements and acquisition. 2 Feb 2017
5010.41 Joint Test and Evaluation (JT&E) Program Provides policies and assigns responsibilities for the management of the DoD JT&E Program. 12 Sep 05
5134.04 Director of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Updates the responsibilities, functions, relationships, and authorities of the Director, Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (SADBU) 27 Sep 05


DoD Information Security Program and Protection of Sensitive Compartmented
Establishes policy and assigns responsibilities regarding the protection, use, and dissemination of Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), within the Department of Defense 21 Apr 16
5200.39 Critical Program Information (CPI) Protection Within the Department of Defense Establishes policy for the protection of CPI. 28 May 15
5205.02 DoD Operations Security (OPSEC) Program Policy and responsibilities governing the DoD Operations Security (OPSEC) Program 6 Mar 06
5240.19 Counter Intelligence Support to the Defense Critical Infrastructure Program (DCIP) Provide proactive and comprehensive CI support to the DCIP, 31 Jan 14
7600.02 Audit Policies Provides audit coverage of all DoD organizations, programs, activities, and functions shall be provided as an integral part of the DoD internal control system. 15 Mar 16
7650.02 GAO Reviews and Reports DoD instruction on how to work with the Government Accountability Office 6 Jan 17
 8320.04 Item Unique Identification (IUID) Standards for Tangible Personal Property Prescribes procedures and assigns responsibilities for a process of uniquely identifying personal property and their associated selected attributes. 3 Sept 15
8500.01 Cybersecurity Implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for applying integrated, layered protection of the DoD information systems. 124 Mar 14
8510.01 DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process Establishes a C&A process to manage the implementation of IA capabilities and services and provide visibility of accreditation decisions regarding the operation of DoD IS. 24 May 16
8523.01 Communications Security (COMSEC) Establishes and implements DoD COMSEC policy 22 Apr 08
8580.1 Information Assurance in the Defense Acquisition System Implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures necessary to integrate information assurance (IA) into the
Defense Acquisition System
9 Jul 04



DoD Directives


DoD Directives
The DoD Directives listed below are a collection of the most frequently ones used in acquisition. For a complete detailed list visit the DoD Issuance websites from links below:

 DoD Directives and US DoD ASSIST

Number Directive Title Description Date
O-3600.01 Information Operations Directive that governs Information Operations 14 Aug 06
3100.10 Space Policy This Directive reissues DoD Directive (DoDD) 3100.10 (Reference (a)) to update established DoD space policy and assigned DoD responsibilities for space-related activities. 4 Nov 16
3600.01 Information Operations (IO) Directive that governs IO policy, definitions, and responsibilities in the Department of Defense (DoD) to support the objective of making IO a core military competency. 2 May 13
4151.18 Maintenance of Military Materiel Directive that established policies and assignes responsibilities for DoD materiel maintenance. 31 Mar 04
4205.01 DoD Small Business Programs Implementing and managing small business statutory and
regulatory requirements within the Department of Defense
10 Mar 09
5000.01 The Defense Acquisition System Directive that governs the Defense Acquisition System 20 Nov 07
5000.59 DoD Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Management Establishes Modeling and Simulation management 8 Aug 07
5000.71 Rapid Fulfillment of a Combatant Urgent Operational Needs Established policy for meeting urgent need request Aug 12
5134.10 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Updates the mission, organization and management, responsibilities and functions, relationships, authorities, and administration of DARPA. 7 May 13
5205.02E DoD Operations Security (OPSEC) Program Provides policy and responsibilities governing the DoD Operations Security (OPSEC) Program 20 Jun 12
5230.25 Withholding of Unclassified Technical Data From Public Disclosure This Directive establishes policy, prescribes procedures, and assigns
responsibilities for the dissemination and withholding of technical data.
18 Aug 95
5250.01 Management of Intelligence Mission Data (IMD) in DoD Acquisition Establishes policies and assigns responsibilities to provide linkages between the management, production, and application of DoD IMD 22 Jan 13
7045.14 PPBE Process  Provides PPBE process descriptions and data release restrictions. 25 Jan 13
8000.01 Management of the Department of Defense Information Enterprise Provides direction for information sharing among all DoD Components and with mission partners, consistent with the National Strategy for Information Sharing. 17 Mar 16