Information Technology (IT) Services: These include providing the operation, support, and maintenance of IT, including long-haul communications and commercial satellite communications services, and may include providing commercial or military unique IT equipment with the services. IT services also include any IT or operation of IT such as the National Security Systems which are required for daily work performance. This includes outsourced IT-based business processes, outsourced IT, and outsourced information functions sometimes referred to as Cloud services, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, Software-as-a-Service, and other “as-a-Service” terms referenced in the National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-145.

Reference Source: DoDI 5000.74 Defense Acquisition of Services, Section 1.1 b(8) 


This issuance does not apply to: Services that are managed and reviewed as part of major and non-major defense acquisition programs and major and non-major information technology (IT) acquisition programs, services that meet the Major Automated Information Systems thresholds (to include software as a service), or non-major programs whose primary purpose is to provide capabilities, goods, or systems in accordance with DoDI 5000.02. However, it may apply to services in the operations and support phase of these programs at the discretion of the milestone decision authority.

For more detailed guidance on how to manage the IT acquisitions, refer to DAG Chapter 6, Acquisition Information Technology and Business Systems.