New DoDD 5000.01 Defense Acquisition System Policy
In case you hadn’t already seen it, the Department of Defense yesterday the new DoD Directive 5000.01 The Defense Acquisition System. See also the official DoD announcement dated September 9, 2020 “Defense Acquisition System Directive Goes Into Effect”. Strongly recommend taking the time to read it cover-to-cover. A number of important highlights of particular interest to the life cycle logistics workforce and DoD product support managers, including:
“Para 1.2. Policy
The objective of the Defense Acquisition System (DAS) is to support the National Defense Strategy, through the development of a more lethal force based on U.S. technological innovation and a culture of performance that yields a decisive and sustained U.S. military advantage. The acquisition system will be designed to acquire products and services that satisfy user needs with measurable and timely improvements to mission capability, material readiness, and operational support, at a fair and reasonable price. The following overarching policies will govern the DAS:
a. Deliver Performance at the Speed of Relevance.
The DAS will:
(1) Employ the following operating policies:
(a) Empower program managers (PMs).
(b) Simplify acquisition policy.
(c) Employ tailored acquisition approaches.
(d) Conduct data driven analysis.
(e) Actively manage risk.
(f) Emphasize product support and sustainment.
(2) Use an adaptive acquisition framework to emphasize these principles.
e. Emphasize Competition. The DoD Components will acquire systems, subsystems, equipment, supplies, product support, sustainment, and services in accordance with the statutory requirements for competition. (1) Acquisition managers will take all necessary actions to promote a competitive environment, including consideration of alternative systems, data rights, and modular design to meet current and future mission needs. (2) Planning and contracting for appropriate amounts of data rights, and incorporating a modular and open design to enable upgrades, technology refreshes, and future re-competes may enhance competition throughout the life cycle.
k. Employ Performance Based-Acquisition Strategies.
To maximize competition, innovation, and interoperability, acquisition managers will consider and employ performance-based strategies for acquiring and sustaining products and services. “Performance-based strategy” means a strategy that supports an acquisition approach structured around the results to be achieved as opposed to the manner by which the work is to be performed. This approach will be applied to all new procurements and upgrades, as well as reprocurements of systems, subsystems, and spares that are procured beyond the initial production contract award.
l. Plan for Product Support.
Product support strategies (PSSs) will be informed by a business case analysis conducted pursuant to Section 2337 of Title 10, U.S.C. The PSS is designed to facilitate enduring and affordable sustainment consistent with warfighter requirements. Support metrics will be established, tracked, and adjusted where needed to ensure product support objectives are achieved and sustained over the system life cycle. PSSs include the best use of public and private sector capabilities through government and industry partnering initiatives, in accordance with statutory requirements.
m. Implement Effective Life-Cycle Management.
The PM is accountable for achieving program life-cycle management objectives throughout the program life cycle. Planning for operations and support will begin at program inception, and supportability requirements will be balanced with other requirements that impact program cost, schedule, and performance. Performance based life-cycle product support implements life-cycle system management.
n. Implement Reliability and Maintainability by Design.
DoD Components, MDAs, and acquisition leaders must implement fundamentals of design, manufacturing, and management that result in reliable and maintainable systems. These key fundamentals must be established early in the acquisition process and improved over the service life of the system.
u. Maintain a Professional Workforce.
The acquisition workforce is a critical asset and essential to achieving the defense strategy. Consequently, the DoD must recruit, develop, and maintain a fully proficient military and civilian acquisition workforce that is highly skilled across a broad range of management, technical, and business disciplines.