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    A-CCD definition and requirement are unclear. Who is the authority for the requirements and what does an A-CCD mean and what does it do?


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    The A-CDD or Abbreviated-Capability Development Document was defined by Army Futures Command in a 7 Jun 19 memorandum in response to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASAALT)’s Middle Tier of Acquisition (MTA) policy published on 25 Sep 18.  The memorandum calls for a document, the A-CDD, that is more robust and refined than the previously allowed Directed Requirements to satisfy the statutory FY16 NDAA requirement for an approved requirement for Rapid Prototyping and Rapid Fielding, while allowing MTA program not to be subject to Joint Capabilities and Development System (JCIDS). The A-CDD serves as the requirements document for Army MTA programs; however, will not support an acquisition milestone decision (MS A, MS B, or MS C), if the program transitions to the Major Capability Acquisition pathway. If the capability is transitioned to the Major Capability Acquisition pathway, the A-CDD must be converted into the formal JCIDS Capability Development Document.

    The format for the A-CDD will follow Enclosure B of the JCIDS Manual. All CDD paragraphs must be accounted for, however, the content of each section or paragraph does not have to be at the same maturity level required for a formal CDD.

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