Who does DAU define Product, Project and Initiative? We have ACAT Programs, but what is under them is not well defined. That is why we are asking for help. Thanks!
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From the DAU Glossary at https://dap.dau.mil/glossary/pages/2427.aspx
- The result of research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) in terms of hardware or software being produced (manufactured). Also known as an end item.
- The item stipulated in a contract to be delivered under the contract (i.e., service, study, or hardware).
No DoD official term for initiative found.
- Synonymous with program in general usage.
- Specifically, a planned undertaking having a finite beginning and ending, involving definition, development, production, and logistics support (LS) of a major weapon or weapon support system or systems. A project may be the whole or a part of a program.