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Preliminary Design Review

​Preliminary Design Review

The Preliminary Design Review should provide sufficient confidence to proceed with detailed design. The Preliminary Design Review establishes the allocated baseline and determines whether the preliminary design and basic system architecture are complete, that there is technical confidence the capability need can be satisfied within cost and schedule goals, and that risks have been identified and mitigation plans established. It also provides the acquisition community, end user, and other stakeholders with an opportunity to understand the trade studies conducted during the preliminary design, and thus confirm that design decisions are consistent with the user’s performance and schedule needs and applicable requirements documents. The PDR is mandatory per DoDI 5000.88, Section 3.5.a. For more information on Preliminary Design Reviews, see the Systems Engineering Guidebook, Section 3.4.