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Program Manager s Tookit.aspx
ReferencePM Resources and Tools
A collection of useful information, tools and notes.
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Army Acquisition Lessons Learned Website log in required.aspx
ArmyReferencePM Resources and Tools
Facilitate the collection, archiving, dissemination and analysis of relevant Army acquisition process Lessons Learned (LL) from After Action Reviews (AARs), existing LL studies, and programmatic histories of Army programs to develop best practices and influence strategic acquisition decisions.
On 8 January 2012, ASA(ALT) directed AMSAA to create a center to collect, archive, analyze, and disseminate Army lessons learned and develop best practices.

Acquisition Lessons Learned (ALL) is a …

Vehicle for maintaining acquisition experiences, such as program lessons learned and programmatic histories, etc.
Web-based relational database of acquisition program information for Army programs of record.
Capability to conduct analysis.
Resource for building cases to influence policy and procedure.

ALL provides Program Executive Offices and Program Managers access to the Army Acquisition Lessons Learned Portal (ALLP) containing practical lessons learned, best practices, and forums for idea exchange and question resolution. ALL's acquisition process impact studies assist Army leadership (HQDA) to address strategic questions involving policy, regulation, and law implications. Army laboratory and testing agencies gain insight and share experiences to perform Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) risk assessments, conduct testing, promote partnerships, and satisfy compressed timelines.

The ALLP provides an authoritative source for Army acquisition lessons learned. Lessons can be entered by anyone, including contractors. Lesson may be submitted anonymously and may also be imparted to the ALL Team by mail, e-mail, or phone. Other ALLP knowledge management, collaboration, and analysis services, such as viewing and searching lessons submitted by others, participating in forum discussions, referencing acquisition case histories, and more, is government restricted.
Portal URL:
AMSAA's Soldier focus, organizational independence, and materiel LL and acquisition analysis experience make it well suited to perform this Acquisition Lessons Learned mission.
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CPD Writers Guide v1.5.docx
Engineering; Information Technology; Intelligence SupportArmy; DoD; Joint StaffReferencePM Resources and Tools
Capability Production Document (CPD) Writer’s Guide Version 1.5, 16 June 2009.
Capability Production Document (CPD) Writer’s Guide Version 1.5, 16 June 2009.
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Manufacturing References chart.pdf
DoDReferencePM Resources and Tools
First places to go:

–       ACQuipedia:
–       DAG:

Major References:

–       MRL Handbook: 

–       Defense Manufacturing Management Guide for Program Managers:
Detailed References:

–       Production Readiness Review Checklist:

–       DoD 4245.7-M Transition to Production:

–       DMSMS Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages

Knowledge Sharing Portal
SD-22 DMSMS Guidebook

–       Supply Chain & Counterfeit training

CLL 202 Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Executive Overview
CLL037 Supply Chain Fundamentals – Available for Mobile Device: 
CLL 032 Preventing Counterfeit Electronic Parts from Entering the DoD Supply System
CLL 062 Counterfeit Prevention Awareness

–       GAO-10-439 Best Practices: DoD can achieve better outcomes by standardizing the way manufacturing risks are managed

–       Reliability Information Analysis Center (RIAC) 
Provides latest update of useful links with information relevant to Manufacturing for the PM
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Lessons Learned Case Studies Pamphlet Final 20130624 resized.docx
Engineering; Program Management; PurchasingDoD; NavyReferencePM Resources and Tools
The intent of this document is to summarize lessons learned and best practices as a result of reviewing 18-plus programs. These lessons learned are intended to assist Program Managers and their Engineering staffs with best practices that have proven successful over the years to ensure that reliability is designed into programs early in the acquisition cycle. All aspects of Reliability design were not addressed by these case studies, and it is not intended to circumvent or replace good systems engineering processes. Rather, the best practices and lessons learned contained herein are a compilation of reliability design activities that are most often overlooked, skipped, or short-changed in the interest of reducing cost or schedule.  Adherence to these activities combined with solid system engineering processes has proven to be invaluable in helping programs through the major Milestones (MS A, B, and C) of the DoD Acquisition System.
DAU offers a number of training opportunities on the subjects covered in this brochure, including (but not limited to):

CLE 301 Reliability & Maintainability
CLL 007 Lead-Free Electronics Impact on DoD Programs
CLL 012 Supportability Analysis (includes FMECA)
CLL 032 Preventing Counterfeit Parts from Entering the DoD Supply Chain
CLL 062 Counterfeit Prevention Awareness
CLL 201 Diminishing Manufacturing Sources & Material Shortages (DMSMS) Fundamentals
CLL 202 Diminishing Manufacturing Sources & Material Shortages (DMSMS) Executive Overview
CLL 206 Introduction to Parts Management
CLM 017 Risk Management
LOG 103 Reliability, Availability & Maintainability
LOG 211 Supportability Analysis (includes FMECA)
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2013 09 13 Information Paper on Framing Assumptions PARCA Final.pdf
EngineeringExamplePM Resources and Tools
Great quick aid to understanding and creating Program Framing Assumptions.Attached paper is a good short introduction to the concept of Framing Assumptions, with examples of both good and bad FAs.
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Joint Capability Techonlogy Demonstrations Website.aspx
ExampleKitchen Sink
The JCTD Program executes Pre- Engineering and Manufacturing Development (Pre-EMD) and Fieldable Prototypes to address the highest priorities facing the Department of Defense. JCTD projects develop technology solutions that meet the DASD (EC&P) Focus Areas.
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Independent Program Oversight An Answer for Major Weapons Systems Success Defense ARJ April 2008.pdf
Auditing; Contracting; Information Technology; Program ManagementDoDLearning MaterialKitchen Sink
The April 2008 edition of the"Defense Acquisition Review Journal is a special edition sponsored by the Defense Acquisition University Alumni Association(DAUAA) and theDAU Research Department. The journalfeatures the winners of thefirst annual Hirsch Research PaperCompetition. The themeforthis year'scontestwasDefense Life Cycle Management: Sustaining DoD Weapon Systems.The Department of Defense (DoD) has a long and consistent history of major program successes and failures. Unfortunately, because of the nature, size, and complexity of DoD endeavors, when projects fail losses are great to both the warfighter and the taxpayer. The question that begs an answer is: Why do DoD's programs and projects continue to fail considering the department's investment in program management and its long history of lessons learned in acquiring major weapons systems? Research suggests that the answer might lie in the execution of the programs and lack of independence in program oversight.
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OIPT WIPT Information Guide Part One.pdf
Contracting; Engineering; Program Management; Test and EvaluationDoD; Joint StaffReferenceKitchen Sink
Guidance for using Overarching Integrated Product Teams (OIPTs) and Working Integrated Product Teams (WIPTs) in DoD acquisition, includes various OSD and USD(A&T) memos, IPT Rules of the Road, and the transcript of an instructional video. (Volume II is accessible via the weblink provided.) This is the ''IPT Bible'' provided by USD(AR), giving the definitive guidance for IPTs on the government side. Be forewarned that there are IPTs on the industry side and bridging the government-industry program-level partnership that may operate quite differently. (N.b.: The version of ''Rules of the Road'' contained herein is the original version from 1995; the updated 1999 version is available as a separate contribution.)
Please Note:
The attached document mentions the DoDD 5000.1. The DoDD 5000.1 has been revised and renamed to DoDD 5000.01 and certified as current as of November 20, 2007 and can be found at
The attached document also mentions the DoDI 5000.2-R. The DoDI 5000.2-R has been revised and renamed to DoDI 5000.02 and is dated 8 December 2008 and can be found at
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Joint Operating Environment 2030 Dec 2007.pdf
Engineering; Information TechnologyArmyLearning MaterialKitchen Sink
The Joint Operating Environment document is intended to inform joint concept development and experimentation throughout the Department of Defense with a perspective on future trends, potential shocks, military implications, as well as the implications of these issues for the future joint force commander. This document is speculative in nature and does not necessarily represent a USJFCOM or Department of Defense position on any issue. Rather, it is intended to serve as an intellectual ?starting line? for discussions about the structure of the future security environment.
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Report on the Performance of the Defense Acquisition System - 2014.aspx
ReferenceKitchen Sink
Link to the 2014 Report on the Performance of the Defense Acquisition System
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USD AT L Jun 14 Ltr to Congress Re DoD Acquisition.pdf
DoDReferenceKitchen Sink
Interesting reading -- Mr Frank Kendall's USD(AT&L) letter to Congress re: Improvements in Defense Acquisition dtd 13 Jun 2014
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DAWDF FY14 Rpt to Congress.pdf
Auditing; Contracting; Earned Value Management; Engineering; Information Technology; Production, Quality and Manufacturing; Program Management; Requirements Management; Services Acquisition; Small Business Programs; Test and EvaluationAir Force; Army; Defense Logistics Agency; DoD; Joint Staff; National Guard Bureau; NavyLearning MaterialKitchen Sink
Section 1705 of title 10, United States Code, "Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund" (hereafter, DA WDF, the Fund, or section 1705), directs the   Department of Defense (DoD) to establish the DAWDF to provide funding for the recruitment, training, and retention of DoD acquisition personnel. The purpose of the DA WDF is to ensure the DoD acquisition workforce has the capacity, in both personnel and skills, needed to (1) properly perform its mission; (2) provide appropriate oversight of contractor performance; and (3) ensure that the Department receives the best value for the expenditure of public resources. Section 1705 requires the Secretary of Defense to submit an annual report on the operation of the DAWDF.
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GAO Bid Protest Annual Reports to the Congress.aspx
Learning MaterialKitchen Sink
Bid Protest Annual Reports To Congress
As required by the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984, 31 U.S.C. § 3554(e)(2), the Comptroller General reports annually to Congress on federal agencies that do not fully implement a recommendation made by GAO in connection with a bid protest decided the prior fiscal year.
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Great Expectations Building Stronger Government Industry Relationships.pdf
Contracting; Engineering; Program ManagementArmy; DoDLearning MaterialKitchen Sink
by Col. Michael A. Micucci, USMC

Published in Defense AT&L Magazine: March-April 2009
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Defense Acquisitions - How DOD Acquires Weapon Systems and Recent Efforts to Reform the Process - May 23 2014.aspx
DoDPresentationKitchen Sink
Report to Congress by the Congressional Research Service (CRS)
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CRS MRAP Report June 2010.pdf
Program ManagementArmy; Defense Logistics Agency; DoDLearning MaterialKitchen Sink
by Andrew Feickert, June 7, 2010
CRS Report for Congress

In late 2007, the Department of Defense (DOD) launched a major procurement initiative to replace most up-armored High Mobility, Multi-Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) in Iraq with Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles by FY2009. MRAPs have been described as providing significantly more protection against Improvised Explosive devices (IEDs) than uparmored HMMWVs. Currently, DOD has approved an acquisition of objective of 25,700 vehicles, of which 8,100 are the newer Military-All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) version designed to meet the challenges of Afghanistan’s rugged terrain. DOD officials have indicated that this total may be increased depending upon the operational needs in Afghanistan.

Through FY2010, Congress appropriated $34.95 billion for all versions of the MRAP. In March 2010, DOD reprogrammed an additional $3.9 billion from the Overseas Contingency Operations fund to MRAP procurement. Both the House and Senate have now approved an additional $1.2 billion for MRAP procurement included in the FY2010 Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 4899). The full FY2011 DOD budget request of $3.4 billion for the MRAP Vehicle Fund has been authorized by the House (H.R. 5136). The Senate Armed Services Committee has recommended approval of DOD’s request, though floor action has not yet occurred. The DOD budget request remains under consideration by both House and Senate Appropriations Committees.

Among potential issues for congressional consideration are the disposition of MRAPs among active forces, pre-positioned stocks, and U.S. allies; adequacy of logistical support; rate of vehicle production from a sole source; and contract oversight.

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Long Term Implications of the 2012 Future Years Defense Program CBO Report.pdf
PurchasingAir Force; Army; DoD; NavyLearning MaterialKitchen Sink
Congressional Budget Office report dated June 2011.
This Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study, prepared at the request of the SenateCommittee on the Budget, projects the costs of the Department of Defense’s plan for nationaldefense for the years 2012 to 2030. The study is the latest in an annual series that CBO haspublished for the past eight years. In particular, it updates the projections contained in CBO’sLong-Term Implications of the Fiscal Year 2011 Defense Budget, published in February 2011.In keeping with CBO’s mandate to provide objective, impartial analysis, this study makesno recommendations. A future CBO study will examine the implications that possible constraintson defense budgets might have for the future size, composition, and capabilities of themilitary services....
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CRS Report Sequestration as a Budget Enforcement Process FAQ.pdf
Learning MaterialKitchen Sink
Sequestration as a Budget Enforcement Process: Frequently Asked Questions
Congressional Research Service (CRS) report by Megan S. Lynch, dated February 27, 2013
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CRS Mar 13 Rpt Re Aircraft Carrier Program.pdf
Contracting; Earned Value Management; Engineering; Program Management; Purchasing; Test and EvaluationDoD; NavyLearning MaterialKitchen Sink
This Congressional Research Service (CRS) report by Ronald O'Rourke is dated March 13, 2013.
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CRS Mar 13 Rpt Re Attack Sub Procurement.pdf
Contracting; Engineering; Test and EvaluationDoD; NavyLearning MaterialKitchen Sink
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) report by Ronald O'Rourke is dated March 13, 2013.
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CRS Mar 13 Rpt Re Coast Guard Cutter Program.pdf
NavyLearning MaterialKitchen Sink
This Congressional Research Service (CRS) report by Ronald O'Rourke is dated March 15, 2013.
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CRS Report Re JLTV.pdf
Contracting; Engineering; Test and EvaluationAir Force; Army; DoD; NavyLearning MaterialKitchen Sink
This Congressional Research Service (CRS) report by Andrew Feickert is dated February 4, 2013.
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CBO Mar 13 Rpt Re Scaling Back DoD Budget Plans.pdf
Engineering; PurchasingAir Force; Army; DoD; NavyLearning MaterialKitchen Sink
This Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report is dated March 2013.
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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014.aspx
Learning MaterialKitchen Sink
Report of the Committee on Armed Services House of Representatives on H.R. 1060 together with Additional and Dissenting Views. 
June 7, 2013
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Navy AF MC Jun 13 JSF Rpt to Congress.pdf
Air Force; DoD; NavyLearning MaterialKitchen Sink
This Report to Congressional Defense Committees is dated June 2013.

This report is being provided to the Congressional Defense Committees as directed in Public Law 112-239, Section 155, of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.
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CRS Assessing the January 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance DSG Aug 13 Rpt Re DSG.pdf
PurchasingArmy; DoDLearning MaterialKitchen Sink
Congressional Research Service (CRS) report dated August 13, 2013
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CRS Oct 13 Rpt Re Navy Aegis BMD Pgm.pdf
Purchasing; Test and EvaluationDoD; NavyLearning MaterialKitchen Sink
Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress by Ronald O'Rourke, Specialist in Naval Affairs.This Congressional Research Service report is dated October 17, 2013
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CBO Analysis of Navy FY14 Shipbuilding Plan.pdf
Engineering; PurchasingDoD; NavyLearning MaterialKitchen Sink
Congress of the United States Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report: An analysis of the Navy's Fiscal Year 2014 Shipbuilding Plan dated October 2013.
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CRS Rpt National Security Strategy Aug 2013.pdf
Air Force; Army; DoD; Unified CommandLearning MaterialKitchen Sink
This Congressional Research Service (CRS) report: National Security Strategy: Mandates, Execution to Date, and Issues for Congress by Catherine Dale, Specialist in International Security, is dated August 6, 2013.
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