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    1. What is the format of an AoA? 2. Should Courses of Action (COA"s) be part of the AoA?


    Technically, the AoA is an analytical framework that compares the operational effectiveness, suitability, and life-cycle cost of alternatives (or COAs) that satisfy established capability needs. For ACAT 1 programs, AoA guidance and approval is given by the Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (DCAPE). Component services then develop an AoA study plan. The study plan format can be found in the Defense Acquisition Guidebook Chapter 3.3.3 or

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