Advisory & Assistance Services (A&AS)
Major System Development
Major System Upgrades
Research & Development (R&D) Studies
Major System Upgrades/Modernization
Modernization and technology enhancements of existing major acquisition systems such as modifications to subsystems of aircraft, ships, etc.
For the DoD, the Major Capability Acquisition (MCA) pathway is used to acquire and modernize military unique programs in accordance with DoDI 5000.85 – Major Capability Acquisition.
The Software Acquisition pathway is to facilitate rapid and iterative delivery of software capability to the user in accordance with DoDI 5000.87 – Operation of the Software Acquisition Pathway.
Strategies to Explore First
While many of the contracting strategies could apply, the following are well-suited for Defense Acquisition Program Upgrades/Modernization: