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    Can a specific example of a Component Head be provided?


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    From the DAU Glossaary at https://dap.dau.mil/glossary/pages/1581.aspx see

    Component
    1. Subsystem, assembly, subassembly, or other major element of an end item.
    2. Military department or agency of the DoD. Includes the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the military departments, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), the combatant commands (COCOM), the Office of the Inspector General (IG) of the DoD, the defense agencies, DoD field activities, and all other organizational entities within DoD.

    DoD Component Acquisition Executive (CAE)

    Secretaries of the military departments or heads of agencies with the power of redelegation. In the military departments, the officials delegated as CAEs (also called service acquisition executives (SAEs)) are respectively, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(AL&T)); the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition (ASN(RD&A)); and the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition (ASAF(A)). The CAEs are responsible for all acquisition functions within their components. This includes both the SAEs for the military departments and acquisition executives in other DoD components, such as the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), which also have acquisition management responsibilities.

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