Urgent Capability Acquisition (UCA)


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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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Reference Source: DoDI 5000.81 Section G.1.


ADM acquisition decision memorandum  

CAE component acquisition executive

CJCS Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff  

DAE Defense Acquisition Executive

DepSecDef Deputy Secretary of Defense

DoDD DoD directive

DoDI DoD instruction

DOT&E Director of Operational Test and Evaluation  

J-8 Joint Staff Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment Directorate

JRAC Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell

JEON joint emergent operational need

JUON joint urgent operational need  

MDA milestone decision authority  

O&S operations and support  

P&D production and deployment

PL Public Law

PM program manager  

RAA rapid acquisition authority  

SecDef Secretary of Defense

SIG senior integration group  

TEMP test and evaluation master plan  

UON urgent operational need

U.S.C. United States Code

USD(A&S) Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Sustainment)

USD(C)/CFO Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer, Department of Defense

USD(R&E) Under Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering)

Additional Resource:
DAU Glossary of Defense Acquisition Acronyms and Terms 




Reference Source: DoDI 5000.81 Section G.1.


critical warfighter issue.  A critical warfighter issue, e.g., materiel support to a coalition partner, identified by the co-chairs of the Warfighter SIG in accordance with DoDD 5000.71.  

RAA.  A determination that is made in response to a documented deficiency following consultation with the Joint Staff.  RAA is one of several processes that can expedite DoD rapid acquisitions, in accordance with Section 806(c) of PL 107-314.  

JEON.  Defined in CJCS Instruction 5123.01H. 

JUON.  Defined in CJCS Instruction 5123.01H. 

UON.  Defined in CJCS Instruction 5123.01H.