Contracting Cone

Software Development

Design and development of applications and software not part of a defense business system or weapons system.

For the DoD, 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 Software Development:

This is NOT an all exhaustive list. Other contract strategies on the Contracting Cone may achieve mission outcomes based upon unique program objectives and constraints.