Major Capability Acquisition (MCA)
Technical Reviews and Risk Assessments
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This page outlines the major technical reviews across the acquisition lifecycle.
Reference Source: DODI 5000.88 Section 3.5.a
Systems engineering technical reviews provide a venue to establish the technical baselines, assess the system’s technical maturity, and review and assess technical risks. At each technical review, the PM will, to the extent practicable, use information from the digital authoritative source of truth to assess key risks, issues, opportunities, and mitigation plans in order to understand cost, schedule, and performance implications. Unless waived through the SEP approval process, the PM will conduct these system level reviews, or equivalent:
- System requirements review or system functional review.
- Preliminary design review (PDR).
- Critical design review (CDR).
- System verification review or functional configuration audit.
- Production readiness review.
- Physical configuration audit.
The PM will include participation of OUSD(R&E) representatives for ACAT ID programs. Additionally, the PM will ensure a USD(R&E) representative is invited to all ACAT ID sub-system PDRs and CDRs.
In accordance with Section 2366b of Title 10, U.S.C., OUSD(R&E) will conduct a PDR assessment for ACAT 1D programs. In addition, OUSD(R&E) will conduct a CDR assessment for ACAT ID programs. The results of these assessments will be used to inform the MDA of any technical risks, maturation of the technical baseline, and the program’s readiness to proceed. For all other MDAPs, the DoD Component concerned will conduct PDR and CDR assessments.
Evaluate whether the functional baseline satisfies the end-user requirements and capability needs and whether functional requirements and verification methods will achieve performance requirements.
Ensures the preliminary design and system architecture are complete, there is technical confidence the capability need can be satisfied within cost and schedule goals, and risks mitigated.
Continuous Learning Modules
- Technical Reviews
- Technology Readiness Assessments
- Technical Planning
- Systems Engineering for Systems of Systems
- Cybersecurity Throughout DoD Acquisitions
- Integrated Testing