Risk Management Guide for DOD Acquisition, Sixth Edition (Version 1.0)
OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR ACQUISITION TECHNOLOGY AND LOGISTICS WASHINGTON DC
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The purpose of this guide is to assist DoD and contractor Program Managers PMs, program offices and Integrated Product Teams IPTs in effectively managing program risks during the entire acquisition process, including sustainment. This guide contains baseline information and explanations for a well-structured risk management program. The management concepts and ideas presented here encourage the use of risk-based management practices and suggest a process to address program risks without prescribing specific methods or tools. Since this is a guide, the information presented within is not mandatory to follow, but PMs are encouraged to apply the fundamentals presented here. The guide should be used in conjunction with related directives, instructions, policy memoranda, or regulations issued to implement mandatory requirements. This guide has been structured to provide a basic understanding of risk management concepts and processes. It offers clear descriptions and concise explanations of core steps to assist in managing risks in acquisition programs. Its focuses on risk mitigation planning and implementation rather on risk avoidance, transfer, or assumption. There are several notable changes of emphasis in this guide from previous versions. These changes reflect lessons learned from application of risk management in DoD programs. management references can be found on the Defense Acquisition University Community of Practice website. This guide is supplemented by Defense Acquisition University DAU Risk Management Continuous Learning Module key words risk management and course number CLM017. The Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD office of primary responsibility OPR for this guide is OUSDATL Systems and Software Engineering, Enterprise Development OUSDATL SSEED. This office will develop and coordinate updates to the guide as required, based on policy changes and customer feedback.
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