Middle Tier of Acquisition (MTA)

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Middle Tier of Acquisition (MTA) Execution

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Each page in this pathway presents a wealth of curated knowledge from acquisition policies, guides, templates, training, reports, websites, case studies, and other resources. It also provides a framework for functional experts and practitioners across DoD to contribute to the collective knowledge base. This site aggregates official DoD policies, guides, references, and more.

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Reference Source: DODI 5000.80, Paragraph 1.2.d


The rapid fielding path provides for the use of proven technologies to field production quantities of new or upgraded systems with minimal development required. The objective of an acquisition program under this path will be to begin production within 6 months and complete fielding within 5 years of the MTA program start date.


MTA program production start date will not exceed 6 months after MTA program start date without DAE waiver.


MTA programs may not be planned to exceed 5 years to completion and, in execution, will not exceed 5 years after MTA program start without DAE waiver.

All MTA Programs must be completed within 5 years, which begins with the signed Acquisition Decision Memorandum (ADM) and ends with the signed Outcome Determination ADM.

During the MTA program lifecycle, there are multiple program execution activities:

Iterative Activities
System Production
Test and Demonstrate System Performance 

Continuous Activities
System Fielding
System Operation and Sustainment
Complete and update documentation
Reporting to Governance Bodies


Check out the MTA FAQs and MTA Tips for potentially related questions from the field and helpful tips!