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ACQuipedia serves as an online encyclopedia of common defense acquisition topics. Each topic is identified as an article. Each article contains a definition, a brief narrative that provides context, and includes links to the most pertinent policy, guidance, tools, practices, and training which further augment understanding and expand depth.

ACQuipedia was developed as a collaborative project to create content around Defense Acquisition-related topics. Articles (topics) will be maintained as a collaborative effort of subject matter experts across the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). Future growth may expand the collaboration of subject matter experts beyond DAU.

ACQuipedia provides the acquisition workforce with quick access to information in a succinct and digestible format. Article content aggregates the most relevant references and learning assets to narrowly focus users and quickly provide high value information.

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  • ACQUIPEDIA/program management
    Acquisition programs may be assigned an acquisition category.  The acquisition category informs…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/program management
    The management framework for defense systems acquisition is also commonly referred to as the…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/contracting
    General Policy for Acquisition PlanningThe FAR requires agencies to perform acquisition planning…
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    DoDD 5000.01 - The Defense Acquisition System To maximize competition, innovation, and…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/program management
    The Acquisition Strategy required by Department of Defense (DoD) Instruction 5000.74 describes the…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/business - financial management and cost estimating
    Actual cost experience on prototype units, early engineering development hardware and early…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/program management
    The actual cost of work performed, or ACWP, is the cost actually incurred and recorded in…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/life cycle logistics
    The American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) defines seven fundamental processes in the realm…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/life cycle logistics
    According to Logistics Engineering and Management, Sixth Edition, by Benjamin S. Blanchard, ADT “…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/business - financial management and cost estimating
    An alternative option for DoD acquisition programs to utilize when completing production efforts…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/business - financial management and cost estimating
    The DoD Analysis of Alternatives Cost Estimating Handbook establishes the fundamental concepts and…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/life cycle logistics
    Background Application of the ASOE Model requires a common understanding of the following key…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/program management
    The Agile Manifesto Developed by the Agile Alliance, the manifesto outlines four tenets and twelve…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/engineering and technical management
    Airworthiness technical requirements and design considerations: The complete set of Joint Service…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/engineering and technical management
    An allocated baseline is a snap shot of the item performance specifications, internal interfaces…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/business - financial management and cost estimating
    The apportionment process begins when the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) apportions budget…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/engineering and technical management
    The Alternative Systems Review (ASR) should be conducted typically after the completion of the…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/business - financial management and cost estimating
    The analogy method compares a new or proposed system with one analogous (i.e., similar) system,…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/program management
    AoA Elements: AoA Study Guidance - For potential and designated ACAT I programs, the Director for…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/business - financial management and cost estimating
    The concept of Federal Appropriations law is framed by three major fiscal limitations: purpose,…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/business - financial management and cost estimating
    The primary purposes of the apportionment process are to (1) achieve the most effective and…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/business - financial management and cost estimating
    To execute an acquisition program, budget authority provided by Congress is needed in order to…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/business - financial management and cost estimating
    Appropriations are required by the U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 9 which states:   "No…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/business - financial management and cost estimating
    Each appropriation category has three distinct periods during its lifecycle: current period,…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/contracting
    Prior to the 1940s, most architect and engineering services required by the Government were…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/program management
    DoDAF Architecture Development 6-Step process .     Step 1: Determine Intended Use of…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/program management
    Procedural Requirements: Offeror must assert prior to contract award. Obligation to assert prior…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/contracting
    Acquisition Oversight   The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Department of Defense…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/contracting
    The Authorities of the Property Administrator FAR part 45 (Government Property) and FAR 52.245-1…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/business - financial management and cost estimating
    The second step in the Congressional Enactment process – authorization – is a creation of Congress…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/life cycle logistics
    The DoD ATS Selection Guide provides amplifying information regarding Automatic Test Systems (ATS…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/program management
    This schedule metric is a measure of schedule task throughput. It compares the cumulative number…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/contracting
    The Berry Amendment restricts purchase of the following articles or items, unless items have been…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/contracting
    For a visual depiction of the narrative below, please click on the link “Best Value Continuum”…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/life cycle logistics
    Background Best value is often discussed in the context of both defense acquisition and product…
  • ACQUIPEDIA/engineering and technical management
    To meet the statutory requirements of 10 U.S.C. 4171, the Director, DOT&E analyzes the results…