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Defense Exportability Features Initiative


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Defense Exportability Features Initiative


Alternate Definition
The Defense Exportability Features (DEF) Initiative was established in the fiscal year 2011 National Defense Authorization Act to encourage DoD program management offices to design, develop and incorporate technology protection features into a system or subsystem early in their acquisition life cycle to facilitate earlier foreign sales. By doing this, exportable versions of a system or subsystem could be sold earlier in the Production and Development phase, thereby (1) enabling capability to be available to allies and friendly countries more rapidly and (2) lowering the unit cost of DoD procurements.
General Information

DEFENSE EXPORTABILITY FEATURES: The DEF initiatives include the DEF Pilot Program and its associated DEF focus area under the Controlling Cost section in Better Buying Power (BBP) 2.0.Congress authorized Defense Exportability Features (DEF) as a pilot program in FY2011 under the authority of 10 USC 2358 to develop and incorporate technology protection features into designated systems during their research and development phases. In FY 2012, Congress added a requirement for industry to contribute at least half of the cost of any DEF Pilot Program contractual effort. In FY 2015, Congress amended the DEF legislation to make the industry cost share half, unless the Secretary authorizes a different portion deemed appropriate. The USD (AT&L) signed the “DEF Policy Implementation Memorandum and Guidelines” on 9 April 2015, and the Director, AT&L/International Cooperation distributed the “Supplemental Guidance for the Review and Submission of Industry Requests for an Adjusted Cost Sharing Portion” on February 23, 2016, below for procedures to follow if industry requests a lower DEF cost-sharing portion.


The Pilot Program, through supplemental funding from OUSD(AT&L)/International Cooperation, encourages DoD acquisition programs that are nominated by their Component Acquisition Executives, and selected by AT&L/IC, to assess, design, and incorporate defense exportability features in their systems. DEF Pilot Program designated systems have the opportunity to receive funding from OUSD(AT&L)/IC to perform initial feasibility studies and subsequent design activities associated with designing, developing and implementing DEF. The DEF Pilot Program's primary objectives are to: (1) demonstrate that costs can be reduced and U.S. products can be made available for foreign sales sooner through the incorporation of DEF in initial designs, and (2) garner lessons learned across DoD program experiences to improve the return on investment for future programs. These objectives support DoD's larger goals of enabling foreign sales in order to enhance coalition interoperability, decrease costs to DoD and international partners through economies of scale, and improve international competitiveness of U.S. defense systems.


For more details, including DEF Guidelines and Templates, visit http://www.acq.osd.mil/ic/DEF.html.