Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA) Deskbook
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF DEFENSE RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING WASHINGTON DC
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A Technology Readiness Assessment TRA is a formal, systematic, metrics-based process and accompanying report that assesses the maturity of critical hardware and software technologies to be used in systems. It is conducted by an Independent Review Team IRT of subject matter experts SMEs. This formal TRA complements-but does not in any way preclude-the program managers PMs responsibility to pursue all the risk reduction efforts needed to ensure that adequate technological maturity is reached before Milestone B approval is sought. As an activity separate from the formal TRA, an early evaluation of technology maturity conducted shortly before Milestone A should be used to support the planning of these risk reduction efforts. All Department of Defense DoD acquisition programs must have a formal TRA at Milestone B and at Milestone C of the Defense Acquisition System. For ships, a preliminary assessment is required at program initiation. TRAs for Acquisition Category ACAT ID and IAM programs must be submitted to the Director, Research Directorate DRD in the office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering DDRE. Title 10 United States Code U.S.C. Section 2366b requires, in part, that the Milestone Decision Authority MDA certify that the technology being used in Major Defense Acquisition Programs MDAPs, including space MDAPs, has been demonstrated in a relevant environment before Milestone B approval. The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics USDATL relies on the DDRE to provide technical advice to support this certification. In addition, while 10 U.S.C. 2366b is only applicable to MDAPs, the DoD is also requiring Major Automated Information System MAIS acquisitions to meet the same technology maturity standard at Milestone B. Consequently, the DDRE is also providing technical advice to the MDA for MAIS acquisitions.
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