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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.

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

Directly quoted material is preceeded with a link to the Reference Source.




Reference Source: DoDI 5000.74, Defense Acquisition of Services


ASD(A) Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition
BCA business case analysis
CAE Component Acquisition Executive
CC SRG Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide
CCA Clinger-Cohen Act
CIO Chief Information Officer
CSP cloud service provider
DAG Defense Acquisition Guidebook
DAU Defense Acquisition University
DESMF DoD Enterprise Service Management Framework
DFARS Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement
DoDD DoD directive
DoDI DoD instruction
DPC Defense Pricing and Contracting
ELAs Enterprise License Agreements
FAR Federal Acquisition Regulation
FSM Functional Services Manager
IDIQ indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity
IT information technology
JELA Joint Enterprise License Agreement
MILDEP Military Department
MFT multi-functional team
OMB Office of Management and Budget
OSBP Office of Small Business Programs
PA provisional authorization
PWS performance work statement
R&D research and development
SAE Service Acquisition Executive
SAW Services Acquisition Workshop
S-CAT services acquisition category
SRRB Services Requirements Review Board
SSM Senior Services Manager
U.S.C. United States Code
USD(A&S) Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

Additional Resource:
DAU Glossary of Defense Acquisition Acronyms and Terms 




Reference Source: DoDI 5000.74, Defense Acquisition of Services


acquisition value The total price or total estimated cost of the contract or task order, including the base period and all options.


best-in-class A contract vehicle that has been designated by the OMB as a preferred government-wide solution that:
Allows acquisition experts to take advantage of pre-vetted, government-wide contract solutions.
Supports a government-wide migration to solutions that are mature and market-proven.
Assists in the optimization of spend, with the government-wide category management framework.
Increases the transactional data available for agency-level and government-wide analysis of buying behavior.
bundling As defined in Subpart 2.101 of the FAR.


classified acquisition An acquisition in which offerors must have access to classified information to properly submit an offer or quotation, to understand the performance requirements, or to perform the contract.


cloud computing A model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.

Contractual Services Manager  A senior acquisition professional in the organization that facilitates and oversees the acquisition of services contracts in a strategic manner.