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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/Cost Estimating
The parametric, or statistical, method uses regression analysis of a database of two or more…
ACQUIPEDIA/Life Cycle Logistics
Parts are the building blocks from which systems are created and, as such, greatly impact hardware…
ACQUIPEDIA/Contracting
A significant factor in the Government’s selection of contractors is the contractors’ history of…
ACQUIPEDIA/Contracting
The expectation of a peer review is that the quality of work can be validated or improved by…
ACQUIPEDIA/Program Management
Overview: Performance attributes (i.e., KPPs, KSAs, and APAs) are critical in the development of…
ACQUIPEDIA/Life Cycle Logistics
Since the original 2014 memorandum entitled "Actions to Improve Department of Defense Competition…
ACQUIPEDIA/Life Cycle Logistics
To leverage PBL’s proven ability to deliver needed reliability and availability to DoD customers…
ACQUIPEDIA/Life Cycle Logistics
PBL is synonymous with performance-based life cycle product support, where outcomes are acquired…
ACQUIPEDIA/Life Cycle Logistics
The Basics One of the ten tenets of a PBL Product Support Arrangements (PSA) outlined in…
ACQUIPEDIA/Life Cycle Logistics
PBL DefinitionPBL is synonymous with performance-based life cycle product support, where outcomes…
ACQUIPEDIA/Life Cycle Logistics
Starting Early PBL metrics for support should be identified early in strategy development,…
ACQUIPEDIA/Life Cycle Logistics
Starting with Warfighter Requirements... Like all sustainment metrics, PBL metrics start with…
ACQUIPEDIA/Life Cycle Logistics
Like all sustainment metrics, PBL Metrics start with Warfighter requirements set by the…
ACQUIPEDIA/Life Cycle Logistics
PBL is a weapon system product support strategy addressed in Title 10 USC 4324, Life-cycle…
ACQUIPEDIA/Program Management
The Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB) is fundamental to Earned Value Management (EVM). The…
ACQUIPEDIA/Contracting
A. Historical Perspective: Contract Suitability for PBPs   PBPs are the preferred Government…
ACQUIPEDIA/Contracting
An employer/employee relationship under a service contract occurs when, as a result of the…
ACQUIPEDIA/Engineering and Technical Management
In performance based acquisition environment, the PCA addresses the accuracy of the documentation…
ACQUIPEDIA/Program Management
Planning packages (PPs) are best explained by understanding their relationship with the…
ACQUIPEDIA/Financial Management
The Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process is the Department of Defense (…
ACQUIPEDIA/Contracting
When doing work (providing goods and services) for the Federal Government under a contract the…
ACQUIPEDIA/Life Cycle Logistics
Background PPSS is a key software support concept that includes the activities necessary to ensure…
ACQUIPEDIA/Life Cycle Logistics
Prepositioning Provides Flexibility for Initial Phases of an Operation Prepositioned War Reserve…
ACQUIPEDIA/Contracting
FAR 1.102 (d) states: “The role of each member of the Acquisition Team is to exercise personal…
ACQUIPEDIA/Contracting
Prior to awarding a contract, the contracting officer must make an affirmative statement of…
ACQUIPEDIA/Engineering and Technical Management
The text below is from the 2022 DoD Systems Engineering (SE) Guidebook, Section 3.4 Preliminary…
ACQUIPEDIA/Financial Management
As required by law (U.S. Code, Title 31, Section 1105), the President shall submit to Congress –…
ACQUIPEDIA/Contracting
FAR 15.404-1(a)(1) requires the contracting officer determine that the price to be paid is fair…
ACQUIPEDIA/Life Cycle Logistics
PICA/SICA Assignment Nonconsumable items entering the DoD inventory are assigned to a single…
ACQUIPEDIA/Contracting
The PGI is the result of the DFARS Transformation chartered by the Under Secretary of Defense for…
ACQUIPEDIA/Contracting
Government business must be conducted in a manner above reproach. The general rule is to strictly…
ACQUIPEDIA/Contracting
Procurement Fraud is any methodology or plan designed to defraud a buying activity, or degrade the…
ACQUIPEDIA/Financial Management
Procurement appropriations are used to finance non-construction-related investment items. This…
ACQUIPEDIA/Contracting
The DoD Dictionary of Military Terms defines Procurement Lead Time as the “interval in time…
ACQUIPEDIA/Contracting
A PSC is a four-digit code that describes a product, service, or research and development (R&D…
ACQUIPEDIA/Engineering and Technical Management
The product baseline is one of three technical baselines. It describes the detailed design for…