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    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.

    Product

    1. 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.
    2. The item stipulated in a contract to be delivered under the contract (i.e., service, study, or hardware).

    Project

    1. Synonymous with program in general usage.
    2. 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.
    No DoD official term for initiative found.

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