Defence Acquisition University (DAU) Glossary 12th Edition

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Acquisition Cost:
Equal to the sum of the development cost for prime mission equipment and support items; the procurement cost for prime mission equipment, support items, and initial spares; and the system specific facilities cost.

Acquisition Decision Memorandum (ADM):
A memorandum signed by the Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) that documents decisions made as the result of a Milestone Decision Review (MDR) or other decision or program review.

Acquisition Environment:
Internal and external factors that impact on, and help shape, every defense acquisition program. Often these factors work at opposite extremes and contradict each other. These factors include political forces, policies, regulations, reactions to unanticipated requirements, and emergencies.

Acquisition Executive:
The individual, within the Department and Components, charged with overall acquisition management responsibilities within his or her respective organization.

Acquisition Life Cycle:
The life of an acquisition program consists of phases, each preceded by a milestone or other decision point, during which a system goes through Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) and production. Currently, the five phases are: 1) Concept Refinement (CR); 2) Technology Development (TD); 3) System Development and Demonstration (SDD); 4) Production and Deployment (P&D); and 5) Operations and Support (O&S).

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This is the Twelfth Edition of the Glossary: Defense Acquisition Acronyms and Terms.

Defense Acquisition Acronyms and Terms contains most acronyms, abbreviations, and terms commonly used in the systems acquisition process within the Department of Defense (DoD) and defense industries. It focuses on terms with generic DoD application but also includes some Service-unique terms. It has been extensively revised to reflect the publication of the new 5000 Series and adoption of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution
(PPBE) process in May 2003 and the issuance of the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) in June 2003.

Appendix A contains a listing of common abbreviations and acronyms. Appendix B contains definitions of terms used throughout the DoD acquisition community, including terms that have commonality between U.S. and allied acquisition programs. While the Glossary identifies and highlights many terms, it is not all-inclusive, particularly regarding the Services and other organizationally unique terms. For those, the reader must turn to
Service-specific indices and/or local publications. The Glossary contains some jargon and “buzzwords,” but on the other hand does not attempt to be a “Dictionary of Pentagon-ese.”

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