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technology maturation and risk reduction phase

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The second phase of the Major Capability Acquisition process. Its purpose is to reduce technology, engineering, integration, and life cycle cost risk to the point that a decision to contract for Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) can be made with confidence in successful program execution for development, production, and sustainment. The phase includes activities intended to reduce specific risks associated with the product to be developed. Activities include additional design trades and requirements trades to ensure an affordable product and an executable development and production program. Capability requirements are matured and validated and affordability caps are finalized during this phase. This phase normally includes competitive sources conducting technology maturation and risk reduction activities to demonstrate new technologies in a relevant environmentr. A Preliminary Design Review prior to Milestone B will be conducted, unless waived by the Milestone Decision Authority.