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Product Data Acquisition (PDAQ)

Last Updated : 03/15/2017
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Product Data Acquisition (PDAQ) is an initiative championed by the Air Force Directorate of System Integration (A4I). PDAQ provides acquisition programs with tools, guidance, and training to comply with laws and policies in order to secure needed product and software data & data rights. The PDAQ team includes members from Acquisition, Logistics, Engineering, Software, Legal and Contracting. PDAQ includes four important tools:

  • Product and Software Data DID Selector - Determining what data you need is a difficult task. This easy-to-use tool will help you narrow down a list based on your program's specific needs.  
  • Data Rights Decision Tree  - A simple process for understanding what data rights you should pursue to satisfy your program needs is described in this decision tree diagram.  
  • RFP Considerations  - How do you properly request data and data rights? This section provides important language, including clauses, Data Item Descriptions (DIDs) and Contract Data requirements Lists (CDRLs) that should be incorporated into a Request for Proposal (RFP).  
  • Product Data Training  - Need to refresh your knowledge or understand specific product data acquisition concepts? The training page provides e-learning modules developed by the PDAQ team and links to other training resources. 

PDAQ provides acquisition programs with tools, guidance, and training to secure needed product and software data & data rights in order to reduce life cycle costs, improve warfighter support, and comply with public law & DoD policy. 

The Air Force PDAQ website also contains extensive information related to technical data and data rights.

Processes Supported

Departments Associated

  • Army
  • Navy / Marine Corps
  • Air Force
  • Agencies

Integrated Product Support Elements Addressed


This product support analytical tool was identified as part of a database provided solely to assist defense acquisition workforce professionals to identify best value product support solutions which optimize system readiness and life cycle cost. Neither the Department of Defense or the Defense Acquisition University provide any warranty of these tools whatsoever, whether express, implied, or statutory, including, but not limited to, any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or any warranty that the contents of the item will be error-free. This analytical tools database should under no circumstances be considered as being all-encompassing, and is in no-wise meant to endorse the capabilities or products of any particular individual, company, or organization.


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