A Conceptual Model for Urgent Acquisition Programs
Technical Report,25 Jul 2016,06 Apr 2017
Defense Acquisition University, Senior Service College Fellowship Program Aberdeen Proving Ground United States
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When the Secretary of Defense, combatant commander, or combat unit in theater determines an immediate capability need, the Department of Defense DoD and its acquisition community pushes bureaucracy aside to support the warfighter. The requirements process changes from a Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System to an Operational Needs Statement or Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statement. Urgent acquisition policy focuses on getting capability to the field. Yet, when an urgent capability is determined to be so successful and so useful that it should be fielded across an entire Service, there is no formal transition process. In July 2016, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics wrote, DoD Instruction DoDI 5000 series guidance does not address the process of the transition of QRCs to PORs Kendall, 2016, p. 5. This study advances a model for urgent acquisition that can inform DoDI 5000.02 with respect to establishing needed processes for transitioning urgent acquisition initiatives into programs of record. The review of policy and literature has led to the creation of a potential program model for urgent acquisition transition. This model may serve as a template to support further professional discussion with the hope of helping program managers avoid inefficiencies and incorporating the results into DoD 5000.02 policy.
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