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    Since we provide written formal acquisition plan updates every year, why is a full blown acquisition plan required every 5 years for major weapon systems that have very minor changes in a sole source environment? I understand that the 5 year requirement in AFARS may be written toward service contracts limitations, or it may relate to the POM 5-year Future Year Defense Program. I feel like we are meeting the intent of updating the acquisition plan every year through formal supplements, and a full blown acquisition plan is not value added every 5 years on our type of program.


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    This is a policy decision that is set forth in the AFFARS. If you consider the policy cumbersome, then you should work with your local acquisition/contracting policy directorate and submit a request for relief from the policy or a change to the policy.

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