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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/Life Cycle Logistics
An Accountable Property Officer (APO) is a government employee responsible for the overall…
ACQUIPEDIA/Program Management
Acquisition programs may be assigned an acquisition category.  The acquisition category…
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…
ACQUIPEDIA/Program Management
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/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,…
ACQUIPEDIA/Financial Management
An alternative option for DoD acquisition programs to utilize when completing production efforts…
ACQUIPEDIA/Cost Estimating
The DoD Analysis of Alternatives Cost Estimating Handbook establishes the fundamental…
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/Financial Management
The apportionment process begins when the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) apportions budget…
ACQUIPEDIA/Engineering and Technical Management
The following text is from the 2022 DoD Systems Engineering Guidebook, Section 3.1 Alternative…
ACQUIPEDIA/Cost Estimating
The analogy method compares a new or proposed system with one analogous (i.e., similar) system,…
AoA Elements: AoA Study Guidance - For potential and designated ACAT I programs, the Director for…
ACQUIPEDIA/Financial Management
The concept of Federal Appropriations law is framed by three major fiscal limitations: purpose,…
ACQUIPEDIA/Financial Management
The primary purposes of the apportionment process are to (1) achieve the most effective and…
ACQUIPEDIA/Financial Management
To execute an acquisition program, budget authority provided by Congress is needed in order to…
ACQUIPEDIA/Financial Management
Appropriations are required by the U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 9 which states:   "…
ACQUIPEDIA/Financial Management
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…
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/Financial Management
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…