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Milestone A

Milestone A is a Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) led review at the end of the Materiel Solutions Analysis (MSA) Phase in the Defense Acquisition Process.  Its purpose is to make a recommendation or seek approval to enter the Technology Maturation & Risk Reduction (TMRR) Phase. A milestone marks the start/or finish of a phase and …

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Milestone C

Milestone C (MS C) is a Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) led review at the end of the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) Phase of the Defense Acquisition Process. Its purpose is to make a recommendation or seek approval to enter the Production and Deployment (PD) Phase.  A milestone marks the start/or finish of a phase and …

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Acquisition Phases

The Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition system is directed by DoD Instruction 5000.85 “Major Capability Acquisitions”. This instruction provides the policies and principles that govern the defense acquisition system and the phases that form the foundation for all DoD programs. It also identifies the specific statutory and regulatory reports and other information requirements for each …

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Milestone Requirements Matrix

Milestone Matrix The Defense Acquisition System divides acquisition programs into four (4) Acquisition Categories (ACAT): ACAT 1, ACAT 1A, ACAT 2 or ACAT 3. The table below lists the mandatory deliverables (Regulatory & Statutory) at certain milestones for each ACAT type. Regulatory (R), Statutory (S), Component Probably (X) Milestone/Review MDD MS A  RFP MS B MS C FRP …

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Milestone Decision Authority (MDA)

The Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) is the overall executive sponsor responsible for any Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP).  The MDA formally initiates each increment of an evolutionary acquisition program as required by DoD Instruction 5000.85 “Major Capability Acquisition”. They determine if a program has met its phase exit requirement and can proceed into the next …

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Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR)

Update: Replaced by the National Defense Strategy The Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) is a legislatively-mandated review of Department of Defense strategy and priorities. The QDR sets the long-term course for DoD by assessing the threats and challenges that the nation faces and re-balancing DoD’s strategies, capabilities, and forces to address today’s conflicts and tomorrow’s threats. …

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Appropriation Categories

Appropriation Categories are categories of government funding that group funds into areas of interest.  The main appropriation categories and their number designation are listed below: Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E): appropriations fund the efforts performed by contractors and government activities required for the Research and Development (R&D) of equipment, material, computer application software, and …

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Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) Phase

The Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) Phase is where a system is developed and designed before going into production. The EMD Phase starts after a successful Milestone B which is considered the formal start of any program.  The goal of this phase is to complete the development of a system or increment of capability, complete …

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Milestone B

Milestone B is a Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) led review at the end of the Technology Maturation & Risk Reduction (TD) Phase in the Defense Acquisition Process. Its purpose is to make a recommendation or seek approval to enter the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) Phase.  Milestone B is considered the official start of a program.  A …

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