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DAU communities of practice (CoP) empower the acquisition workforce (AWF) by turning students into practitioners and practitioners into experts by connecting people and knowledge. Communities advance this connection by providing fast, frictionless access to information, resources, strategies, innovation, and support.

We invite you to join any of our communities by signing in, exploring a community, and then clicking the Join button. It’s that simple! Join us and let’s get the conversation started!

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Communities of Practice



4th Estate

Welcome to the 4th Estate DACM's Community of Practice. The initial focus of this community's purpose is to provide quota and travel managers and DAWIA points of contact across all 4th Estate agencies with an open forum to exchange information and ideas that help complete daily and regular tasks, as well as for the 4th Estate DACM team itself to provide assistance and resources that help those same managers and POCs be effective as possible in their jobs.


ACE for Services

The goals of this Community are to facilitate knowledge sharing across the acquisition community and to serve as the central clearinghouse for service acquisition policy and guidance information, training opportunities and best practices to support both the Defense Acquisition Workforce and the DoD workforce performing services acquisition functions.


Acquisition Intelligence

WELCOME!  This Acquisition Intelligence Community of Practice (Acq Intel CoP) serves as a repository for Acquisition Intelligence-related knowledge and a place to interact with USAF Acq Intel analysts, Army FIOs, Navy STILOs,  and various other members of this community of practice.  The content within this site is strictly UNCLASSIFIED and organized into three general domains: Policy & Guidance, Events & Articles, and Tools & Training.  We are always looking to improve this site, so your generous feedback is welcome.

After perusing this site as a guest, we invite you to become an active member of this community.  As a member, you are granted additional privileges such as: building your professional network; posting, reading, reviewing, and rating member-submitted content; and (upon request) receiving CoP "New Activity" notifications.

No classified, CUI, or analytic information may be shared or stored in this CoP. 


Acquisition Law

This Community serves to assist non-lawyers in the Acquisition Workforce by providing a centralized location for researching acquisition law issues. A myriad of laws and regulations control the actions of the Acquisition Workforce, from the development of the acquisition requirement through contract close out and final fund disbursement.

NOTE: This should not be construed as legal advice.


Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)

This community serves as an interdisciplinary knowledge repository for life cycle logistics, production, quality and manufacturing (PQM), systems engineering, acquisition law, and other defense acquisition workforce members and their defense industry counterparts. This community contains an extensive body of knowledge on this rapidly evolving topic, including processes and procedures, organizations and consortiums, and links to an extensive library of reports, papers, articles, and GAO/IG audits.


Aircraft Operations

The Aircraft Operations Community serves as the DoD's repository for all Contractor Flight and Ground Operations oversight Workload and Performance training, documents, publications, and Job Support Tools necessary for the Government Flight or Government Ground Representative to be successful in the execution of FAR 42.302(a)56, "Maintain Surveillance of Flight Operations" 


Business Cost Estimating

This Community supports DoD’s cost estimating career field. As advisors to commanders, Program Executive Officers (PEOs), program managers, and other acquisition decision makers, individuals in this career field are responsible for Life Cycle Cost Estimating of defense acquisition programs in direct support of the defense acquisition process. The community covers all aspects of developing a Life Cycle Cost Estimate including requirements assessment, Work Breakdown Structures, data sources, data normalization and analysis, parametric and non-parametric modeling, software cost estimating, Operations and Support cost estimating, cost risk/uncertainty analysis and documentation and presentation of cost estimates.


Business Financial Management

This Community supports the business financial management career field. The community serves as a resource for DoD financial management, budget formulation (building a budget), budget enactment, and budget execution.


Category Management

The Department of Defense's implementation of Category Management (CM) consists of a structured, data-driven business practice whereby the organization broadly and strategically analyzes and manages common categories of spend with an enterprise-wide focus in order to eliminate redundancies, increase efficiencies, and enhance mission effectiveness. The CM Community of Practice serves as the DoD's central hub for enterprise-wide Category Management support, resources, training, collaboration, and development. 



The Collaborate community serves to support community leaders and moderators in sharing best practices and techniques for creating engaging communities of practice that add value to their members. Users may also request a site by using the Pinned Content.


Commercial Off-the-Shelf Products and Commercial Services

The Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) and Commercial Services Community of Practice was created to disseminate information to Defense Acquisition Workforce personnel engaged in the acquisition of innovative, cutting-edge commercial technologies. This site is intended to address those areas of technology where the commercial market place is moving faster than the normal acquisition timeline for complex weapon systems, and for which alternative methods of acquiring these technologies is necessary. Examples of these technologies include information technology, micro-electronics, some sensor technologies, some radio frequency devices and some software products. Acquisition of these technologies requires innovative solutions.


Contingency Contracting and Operational Contract Support (OCS)


The Contingency Contracting Community serves as the central repository for contingency contracting knowledge. The community is supported by a team of experts from all services to facilitate knowledge sharing, linking the joint contingency contracting community together to achieve mission goals. This community provides policy and guidance information, deployment information, contract administration information, training materials, CCO tools and related learning assets. 

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Contract Administration and Pricing

This community is designed to present relevant and timely post-award contract administration information for the DCMA workforce, as well as other acquisition fields interested in post-award contracting and pricing. 


Contract Cost, Price and Finance

This Community serves as a resource for the Contract Cost, Price & Finance Community by providing references to relevant guides and related websites. Share your success stories, pricing tools and other resources to better support the community.



The purpose of this community is to empower the acquisition workforce through shared knowledge, resources, and development opportunities to enhance efficiency and effective ness in defense contract. We aim to advance the standards of defense contracting and acquisition by fostering a community of practice that promotes continuous learning and collaboration among professionals to drive innovation and operational excellence in support of national security objectives.