Would you please explain the rationale for having Milestone B after release of the RFP?
The rationale is to move the substance of this milestone review to an earlier point in the acquisition process without affecting program funding and fielding schedules. This also can keep the program moving forward (saving considerable cycle time) with the start of source selection and subsequent contracting actions as we approach Milestone B.
Note that this was also the case for the DoDI 5000.02, dated December 8, 2008, although it was not called a Development RFP Release Decision (DRFPRD) and did not require Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) review of the RFP (which is now required).
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The DRFPRD is considered the critical decision point in an acquisition program because this is the last point at which significant changes can be made without major programmatic disruptions. The MDA reviews the results of the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) Phase prototyping effort and key related planning documents for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase. Following a successful DRFPRD, the MDA authorizes release of the final RFP and source selection for the post Milestone B contract. The Post Milestone or EMD contract cannot be awarded until after a successful Milestone B. The MDA may also authorize the release of the RFP for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) or Limited Deployment options for applicable programs.
A good reference to review this initiative and rationale can be found here:
http://bbp.dau.mil/docs/Improving Milestone Process Effectiveness.pdf