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Software Acquisition Policy Change Log

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.

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



This page lists the major updates to the SWP Pathway pages:

    Sep 2022

    Jul 2022

    • Added Army Robotic Combat Vehicle Program MTA + SWP Hybrid AAF Pathway Approach Vignette to SWP Programs page
    • Updated SWP Templates page to include directly downloadable templates
    • Added Cost Analysis Requirements Description (CARD) Template to SWP Templates page

    Jun 2022

    May 2022

    Apr 2022

    • Added SWP Templates page
    • Added link to SWP CARD Template on Cost Estimation page
    • Added FAQ addressing meeting the one-year MVCR requirement
    • Minor updates to DBS in SWP page to address Business Process Reengineering
    • Consolidated and restructured resources from Cybersecurity and Architecture/Interoperability pages to Enterprise Services and DevSecOps page, and added additional DSO resources

    Mar 2022

    • Substantive updates to User Agreement guidance
    • Substantive updates to Contracting guidance
    • Substantive updates to PM Metrics guidance to include program metrics and EVM
    • Added DBS in SWP page
    • Added link to Test Strategy Template on Test Strategy page along with minor updates to Test guidance
    • Minor updates to CNS guidance
    • Published list of programs currently using the SWP
    • Added 20 FAQs
    • Added dozens of DevSecOps references on multiple pages
    • Minor updates and restructuring of content for enterprise services, security, and interoperability

    Oct 2021

    Jun 2021

    Dec 2020 –  Integrate new DODI 5000.87, DODI 5000.89, DODI 5000.73, and updated guidance on requirements, information requirements, and initial reporting

    Jan 2020  –  Launch of the Adaptive Acquisition Framework website, including the Software Acquisition Pathway