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    While I understand what an Analysis of Alternatives is, is there a DoD mandate that says that an AoA must be performed? Must an AoA be retained as an official artifact for a set period of time? Is an AoA open-source or FOUO?


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    QUESTION: While I understand what an Analysis of Alternatives is, is there a DoD mandate that says that an AoA must be performed? Must an AoA be retained as an official artifact for a set period of time? Is an AoA open-source or FOUO?

    ANSWER: When a Major Capability Acquisition program is going through the Material Solution Analysis phase the AoA is a required document do enter Milestone A, but there are no requirements for AoA’s in other acquisition pathways, or later in the lifecycle. An AoA may be part of market research as you prepare for a contract release, or as you make a business case analysis for upgrades/modifications. In the Defense Business System pathway there is a Solution Analysis phase which focuses on Business Process Reengineering (BPR) but the new 5000.75 does not have a requirement for an AoA. The BPR process can be documented in any format beneficial to the program; the focus is on creating a Business Need for the program and thus providing value.

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