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    1. Is there a specific timeframe that Program Managers must seek MTA approval after program initiation? On average, how long should it take a PM to seek MTA approval? 2. At what point is a MTA program considered a program of record? 3. What constitutes program initiation under a MTA pathway? Is it when the Program Manager is assigned the mission?


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    The MTA pathway is intended to fill a gap in the Defense Acquisition System (DAS) for those capabilities that have a level of maturity to allow them to be rapidly prototyped within an acquisition program or fielded, within 5 years of MTA program start.  The MTA pathway may be used to accelerate capability maturation before transitioning to another acquisition pathway or may be used to minimally develop a capability before rapidly fielding.  DAU’s MTA website is https://aaf.dau.edu/mta/ and contains a vast amount of resources.

    1. Is there a specific timeframe that Program Managers must seek MTA approval after program initiation? On average, how long should it take a PM to seek MTA approval?

    According to ASA(ALT) Middle Tier of Acquisition Policy, 20 March 2020:  No later than 30 days prior to the desired AAE approval date, the PEO/PM will provide the proposed MTA program documentation package through the supporting Department of the Army Systems Coordinator (DASC) to the DASM for review and concurrence, prior to submittal to the AAE.

    2. At what point is a MTA program considered a program of record?

    There are multiple combinations and iterations in which an MTA program can be executed, but it does not have to stay an MTA program any longer than is needed to successfully and rapidly deliver capability to the field.  The MTA pathway is one of many avenues for an acquisition program to achieve its goals. For some efforts, the MTA pathway will be the start and end of the program. Other programs with mature technology and a successfully tested configuration may transition from rapid prototyping into rapid fielding.  More complex programs may utilize the MTA Rapid Prototyping pathway to demonstrate technology feasibility (and field a minimum viable product), and then transition into a more traditional Major Capability Acquisition (MCA) acquisition program.  Conversely, an MCA acquisition program may spin off a technology insertion into an MTA program to verify its efficacy before integrating it back into the main program.

    The term Program of Record (PoR) is used to describe a program that is funded (approved) across the FYDP, (Future Year Defense Program) through the POM (Program Objective Memorandum). When this happens, the program becomes a "line item record" in the budget -- hence the term "program of record".

    3. What constitutes program initiation under a MTA pathway? Is it when the Program Manager is assigned the mission?

    For new MTA programs, the program “start” is the date of the signed Acquisition Decision Memo (ADM).  For programs expected to exceed MDAP dollar threshold and prior to obligation of funds, USD(A&S) prior written approval required to use the MTA pathway.

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