Middle Tier of Acquisition (MTA)

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Middle Tier of Acquisition (MTA) Planning

How to use this site

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.

DoD and Service policy is indicated by a BLUE vertical line.

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Reference Source: DoDI 5000.80, Paragraph 3.2.a


DoD Components will develop a merit-based process for the consideration of innovative technologies and new capabilities to meet needs communicated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Combatant Commanders. This process will result in an approved requirement and a DA signed acquisition decision memorandum (ADM) that validates the rationale for using the MTA pathway and identifies the full funding required.

Before beginning an MTA, there are multiple preparation activities that must be conducted in order to satisfy the entrance criteria for an MTA Program:

Get an Approved Requirement
Plan a Fielding Project
Prepare an Acquisition Strategy and other required documentation
Prepare Contract(s)
Estimate Costs and Secure Funding

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