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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



Life Cycle Logistics

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This community serves as an interdisciplinary knowledge repository for life cycle logistics, sustainment and product support guidance, policies, processes, references, resources, and tools. Serving as a one-stop site for DoD life cycle logisticians, product support managers, other defense acquisition workforce members, and their defense industry counterparts, the site also contains extensive information on the 12 Integrated Product Support (IPS) Elements, Product Support Manager (PSM), Performance Based Logistics (PBL), Life Cycle Logistics Workforce professional development, and key DoD product support references.


Manufacturing and Engineering

We're a new community. When our moderators get a chance, they'll update this page to tell you more about our purpose, our activities, and the rules of conduct here on our site.


Manufacturing and Quality

The Manufacturing and Quality (M&Q) Community of Practice (CoP) is a compilation of policy, guidance, processes, references, resources, and tools. for completing M&Q activities across the DoD system acquisition life cycle. The community managers will work periodically to update this CoP based on current policy, guidance, tools, best practices and lessons learned.

Please Note: This community was formerly named Production, Quality and Manufacturing. Please update your bookmarks to reflect the new name and URL. Thank you!


Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA)


This Community is focused on providing a single source for the current body-of-practice, which include pointers to the latest in policy, guidance, and research covering various aspects, from an overarching to agency/service specific viewpoint; and remind the MOSA concept users and implementers that there are many aspects to properly instantiating MOSA for the benefit of DoD.


Munitions and Explosives Safety

This Community serves to share knowledge throughout the ammunition enterprise. Military personnel, DOD civilians, supporting contractors, and other agencies can leverage expertise, share experiences, ask questions and participate in discussions. 



Access to ammunition drawings will soon move to the Defense Ammunition Center website and be available for download at https://defenseammunitioncenter.army.mil/ .


NASA Multifunctional Support

This Post Award community's goals are to facilitate knowledge sharing across the NASA, DoD Space Acquisition and US Space Force communities, promote best practices, serve as a repository for information related to Government Contract Quality Assurance (GCQA), encourage idea sharing, and provide assistance to the DCMA, DoD NASA, DoD Space Acquisition and US Space Force communities. This community provides an opportunity to discuss problems or topics with subject matter experts (SMEs), share ideas and best practices, ask questions and acquire knowledge and skills to improve performance of GCQA.


Naval Test and Evaluation

Welcome to the Naval Test and Evaluation Community hosted by OPNAV N94, staff for the Office of the Naval T&E Executive. The purpose of this community is to provide an open-source searchable location for all Navy and Marine Corps acquisition personnel to find the latest in DoD and Navy policy and guidance relating to Test and Evaluation.


Other Transactions

The Other Transactions Community of Practice (aka the OT CoP) is designed to be your destination of choice for information regarding Other Transactions within the Department of Defense. At the OT CoP, you will find information regarding the history of OTs; links to statutes, policies, and guidance relative to OTs; access to OT training; information about upcoming OT events; and lessons learned from others in the OT community. 


Parts Management Knowledge Sharing Portal

The Parts Management Knowledge Sharing Portal (PMKSP) is designed to provide an easily accessible knowledge base for parts management related information and a forum for parts management related discussions. The purpose of the DoD Parts Management Program is to establish parts management best practices across DoD in order to increase weapon system availability and reduce total ownership costs. Selecting preferred parts during weapon system design drives positive outcomes throughout the life cycle of a system.


Performance Based Logistics

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This Community serves as an interdisciplinary platform to connect PBL practitioners from across multiple career fields, facilitate knowledge sharing and peer support, as well as provide a knowledge repository for key PBL-related material across the Department of Defense.


Program Management

This Community serves as the central repository for Program Management knowledge for the Defense Acquisition Workforce. 


Public Private Partnering for Strategic Business Collaboration

The goal of this community is to provide an enterprise platform for sharing tools, best business practices, lessons learned, and other relevant info to enhance the cross-collaboration between its members who represent the Military Services, other DoD agencies, the defense industry and academia. Additionally, this CoP provides a centralized repository that, besides providing a ready resource of applicable reference material, also provides access to applicable subject matter experts (SMEs) for assistance with resolving issues related to Public-Private Partnering. 


Quality Assurance

This Post Award Quality Assurance community's goals are to facilitate knowledge sharing across the Quality Assurance community, promote best practices, serve as a repository for information related to Government Contract Quality Assurance (GCQA), encourage idea sharing, and provide assistance to the DCMA and DoD QA communities. This community provides an opportunity to discuss problems or topics with subject matter experts (SMEs), share ideas and best practices, ask questions and acquire knowledge and skills to improve performance of GCQA.


R&M Engineering

The purpose of the Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) Engineering Community of Practice (CoP) is to help the R&M workforce plan and execute a comprehensive R&M program using an appropriate strategy consisting of engineering activities, products, and digital artifacts. This community encourages collaboration, provides links to DAU R&M Engineering courses, and hosts the R&M Engineering Management Body of Knowledge (BoK). Users of the BoK will find helpful links to other R&M resources that provide detailed "how to" examples and mathematical models needed to perform R&M engineering activities. The R&M Engineering Management BoK is an acquisition tool focused on the R&M Engineering activities needed to deliver reliable, maintainable, and supportable capabilities to the warfighter. 


Requirements Management


Welcome to your Requirements Management Community of Practice (RMCoP)! This is where you can leverage the corporate experience of your peers and collaborate with your DAU team of experts to help get your Requirements Management job done better and faster. 

On this home page, the Pinned Content highlights important information up-front, and the Feed provides rolling content of the most recent RMCoP activity.  Click on the Discussions tab and you can join (or create) relevant community-wide conversations. Go to the Events and Announcements tabs to get the latest news and information. A wealth of documents, tools, and other information are at your fingertips in the Resources and Documents tabs. 

Help your fellow Requirements Managers build on, and pass on, our collective knowledge for getting requirements done right by sharing your best practices, expert knowledge, and lessons learned. Get better outcomes. Improve Acquisition. It all starts with the Requirement–and you. Get better outcomes. Build your Community. Improve Acquisition.