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  • program initiation

    The point at which a program formally enters the acquisition process. Under DoDI 5000.02, program initiation normally occurs at Milestone B, but also may occur at other milestones/decision points depending upon technology maturity and risk. At program initiation, a program must be fully funded across the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) as a result of the Program Objectives Memorandum (POM)/budget process, that is, have an approved resource stream across a typical defense program cycle, for example Fiscal Years (FYs) 2018-2022. The Materiel Solution Analysis (MSA) phase after the Materiel Development Decision (MDD), and the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) phase after Milestone A, are funded typically only for phase accomplishment and thus the MDD and Milestone A do not constitute program initiation of a new acquisition program in the sense of DoDI 5000.02. This term often is confused with the financial management term “new start.”

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