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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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MTA Courses

DAU MTA Policy Takeaways

  • See Slide 39 of DAU MTA Rapid Deployment Training (RDT) webinar, 31 March 2020

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Important Policy takeaways. 1) MTAs can be used for MDAPs. NO limitation on size or scope currently exists; however, USD(A&S) written approval needed for those exceeding MDAP threshold. SAR-like reporting also required. 2) MTAs are not required to use OTAs. MTAs can use OTAs, but OTAs are just one tool in the contracting toolbox 3) Rapid fielding is independent of rapid prototyping. Can transition from rapid prototyping to rapid fielding, but can also start with rapid fielding 4) Both rapid prototyping and rapid fielding are limited to 5 years. Neither rapid prototyping nor rapid fielding can exceed five years so can’t take 7 years for rapid prototyping, followed by 3 years of rapid fielding. 5) Each program is unique. There are no checklists; critical thinking is required to determine what makes sense for your program. 

MTA Templates
MTA Program Execution Resources
Rapid Prototyping Resources
Rapid Fielding Resources
MTA Videos

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