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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. 


Contracting Officer's Representative (COR)

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This website is for all members of the COR community, to include CORs, program managers, contracting officers, contract specialists, COR supervisors, and Quality Assurance personnel such as COR Coordinators and Quality Assurance Program Coordinators. 

If you were a member of the previous COR Community prior to September 2023, please rejoin the COR CoP (membership did not carry over to the new website). If you are a COR who belongs to a federal civilian agency (such as FAA, VA, DHS, USPHS, etc.), FAI has the information relevant for federal COR requirements at https://www.fai.gov/certification/fac-cor.


Corrosion Prevention & Control (CPC)

The purpose of this Corrosion community is to encourage collaboration between research engineers, scientists, maintainers, and managers on the logistics needs of the DoD with an emphasis on stakeholder communication. Acquisition and sustainment processes require maximum communications and cooperation to have an effect on reducing total life cycle costs due to corrosion. This community not only brings the corrosion community together, but also the weapon systems and facilities communities toward reducing costs and increasing availability. These objectives can be achieved through the engagement of our community members who represent the government, including the DoD, FHWA, NASA, GSA, and our partners from Industry, Academia, and Allied Nations. 


Data Analytics and Management

This Community serves as a resource for those managing and analyzing data.   The community facilitates the use of data management and analysis practices by promoting resources, sharing best practices and advancing the state of the discipline while forging a professional network of data professionals. 


Defense Standardization Knowledge Sharing Portal

The Defense Standardization Knowledge Sharing Portal (DSKSP) was developed by the Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO) to engage with standardization stakeholders and to share experiences, tools, lessons learned, and ways of addressing standardization management matters within DoD. Additionally, this community of practice was created to provide information about the Defense Standardization Program (DSP). The DSP exists to identify, influence, develop, manage, and provide access to standardization processes, products, and services for warfighters, the acquisition community, and the logistics community to promote interoperability, reduce total ownership costs, and sustain readiness.


DMSMS Knowledge Sharing Portal

The DMSMS Knowledge Sharing Portal (DKSP) is focused on being a non-biased one-stop provider of DMSMS related information, resources and material to empower the Department of Defense (DoD) community, both Organic and Industrial, to implement best practices for monitoring, tracking, resolving, and performing analytical logistic and engineering analysis related to obsolescence impacts.

Please click the Join Community button to become a member and drop us a note in the DISCUSSIONS tab with questions, concerns, and any feedback you wish to share.


DoD Enterprise Software Initiative

DoD ESI is an official initiative sponsored by the DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO) to lead in the establishment and management of enterprise COTS IT agreements, assets, and policies. DoD ESI lowers the total cost of ownership across the DoD, Coast Guard, and Intelligence Communities for commercial software, IT hardware, and services, with over $6B in cost avoidance since inception in 1998.


Earned Value Management

This community serves as a resource for earned value management (EVM) and seeks to encourage effective use of DoD’s and industry’s most powerful program planning and management tools. EVM promotes an environment where contract execution data is shared between project personnel and government oversight staff and in which emerging problems are identified, pinpointed, and acted upon as early as possible.




This Community serves as a collaborative space to provide resources for systems engineering (SE) practitioners. These resources support program planning and design activities as well as implementation of SE processes. In addition, this Community offers a variety of ways for Engineering to network with other SE practitioners, to access current community contributions and discussions on SE tips and best practices, and to share expert knowledge related to SE. 


Facilities Engineering

This Community serves to support the design, construction, and life-cycle maintenance of military installations, facilities, civil works projects, airfields, roadways, and ocean facilities. Resources include all facets of life cycle management from planning through disposal, including design, construction, environmental protection, base operations and support, housing, real estate, and real property maintenance.


Government Property

This Community serves as a resource for Government Property Administrators and Plant Clearance Officers. The community provides information and resources to support the proper management and oversight of government property. With over $100 billion worth of Government property in the hands of Department of Defense contractors Government property impacts the development and fielding of virtually every major weapon system platform today. It is hoped that this community will help you learn and understand more about this critical acquisition field.


Hazardous Materials Packaging & Transportation

The Hazardous Materials Packaging & Transportation Community is designed to assist all DOD HAZMAT employees to find information necessary to package and transport Hazardous Materials. The Community is maintained by members of the Hazardous Materials Packaging Working Group. It serves to provide Points of Contact, Policies, Hot Topics, Compliance Checklists, Training links and various Job Aids. 


Human Systems Integration (HSI)

Integrating human performance considerations into the defense acquisition system can present substantial challenges for Human Systems Integration (HSI) practitioners and stakeholders. The DAU HSI Community of Practice (CoP) provides a unique resource in this pursuit, offering a convenient platform to share knowledge aimed at achieving effective and relevant HSI practice across government, industry, and academia. The HSI COP aims to help stakeholders find knowledge that can be readily applied in practice, including references, standards, templates, lessons learned, and best practices. It also provides a central hub for HSI education and training opportunities, community discussion, tools of the trade, and links to the greater HSI community of stakeholders. Join today! 


Industrial Manufacturing and Supply Chain

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.


Information Technology/Software

This community is here to support your IT/software acquisition needs. IT/Software has rapidly become the critical component to DoD’s success on and off the battlefield. This community is focused on collaborating with the IT/software Acquisition workforce to ensure we engineer, design, develop and sustain world-class IT/software acquisition practices. This community touches on all aspects of IT/software acquisition for the improvement of better, faster, cheaper software solutions for all DoD personnel.


Intellectual Property (IP) & Data Rights

The Intellectual Property and Data Rights Community provides a "one-stop shop" for training resources (e.g. online courses, videos), laws, regulations, judicial opinions and DoD policies on intellectual property (IP) and Data Rights and serves as a platform for acquisition professionals to collaborate. This comprehensive website includes a variety of useful tools to assist program offices create an IP strategy, which considers licensing and Data Rights throughout all phases of the contracting process (e.g. program development, contracting, product delivery, and maintenance and data management), as part of an acquisition strategy.  


International Acquisition Management


This Community is a resource to help prepare the DoD Workforce to plan for and execute the unique considerations of international acquisition within the Defense Acquisition System by providing information and engagement to enhance workforce performance and productivity in International Acquisition and Exportability (IA&E). To reach DAU-International Center directly for assistance or questions, please contact us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.


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.


Risk, Issue, and Opportunity Management

This Community serves as a source for risk management information and resources. The DoD Risk, Issue, and Opportunity (RIO) Management Guide for Defense Acquisition Programs is the first resource to use to get guidance on RIO in Defense Acquisition. The RIO Guide recently added a section on managing risk by Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF) pathway.  The six acquisition pathways are designed to promote the efficient delivery of effective, suitable, survivable, sustainable, and affordable solutions to end users.


Science and Technology Management

This Community serves as a resources for science and technology management and provides a forum for the Defense Acquisition Workforce to collaborate and share information, connecting people with the resources that can help enhance their job effectiveness. 


Small Business

This Community serves as the central repository for small business policy and guidance information, small business programs, training materials, tools and related learning assets. 


Smart Shutdown Program Support (SSPS)

This community provides a forum for information exchange and peer-to-peer discussions to provide acquisition organizations enterprise best practices to accomplish smart, disciplined, efficient, and effective program shut down when required to do so. This community provides the defense acquisition community a forum for their “voice to be heard” in identifying goals, processes, shortfalls, issues, best practices, plans, and considerations in all aspects of program shut down activities.


Space Acquisition

This Community serves to support the space acquisition community members with immediate access to the learning assets they need to sustain and enhance their overall performance. The site provides lessons learned, updated directives, and key POCs if you need to calibrate your acquisition actions and decisions and/or just need some extra help in the context of your daily space acquisition duties. 


Spectrum and E3 Compliance

This Community is brought to you by DISA's Defense Spectrum Organization's (DSO) Joint Spectrum Center (JSC). Compliance with Spectrum Supportability (SS) requirements and control of E3 can be critical performance parameters for platforms, systems, and electronic equipment acquired by the DoD. If these technical areas are not given the proper level of attention during the acquisition process, you can be sure that fielded systems will suffer from some level of operational degradation up to, and including catastrophic failures or unacceptable operating restrictions. This CoP is to be used for training purposes only. 


Test and Evaluation Community

Welcome to the Test & Evaluation (T&E) Community of Practice. T&E is the process by which a system or components are exercised and results analyzed to provide performance-related information. The purpose of this site is simple - to provide T&E practitioners with up to date T&E policy and guidance information as issued by the Department of Defense and Components. Users will find information on general policy for Developmental T&E and Operational T&E, as well as more specific T&E topics such as cybersecurity, reliability, and interoperability. The site also points users to sources of T&E training and certification.