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

 

Reference Source: DoDI 5000.81 Section 2

Develops processes and procedures to enable urgent capability acquisitions and communicates updates to procedures to the acquisition workforce, as appropriate.

Determines when a program is not appropriate for the Urgent Capability Acquisition pathway. The USD(A&S) may disapprove use of the Urgent Capability Acquisition pathway and direct that any program be executed using another acquisition pathway.

Executive Director, Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell (JRAC) ­

 

Reference Source: DoDI 5000.81 Section 2

Assigns responsibilities to the DoD Component heads for rapid resolution of joint urgent operational needs (JUONs), joint emergent operational needs (JEONs), and Warfighter Senior Integration Group (SIG)-identified urgent issues in accordance with DoDD 5000.71.

Notifies the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer, Department of Defense ((USD(C)/CFO)) of urgent need requirements, assigned solution sponsors, and resources needed to facilitate the timely resolution of urgent warfighter needs. Assists in the resolution of funding issues, as required.

Maintains visibility of DoD Component efforts to satisfy urgent warfighter actions based on updates from solution sponsors and informs the Warfighter SIG of the status of funding, contracting, delivery, performance, training, fielding, sustainment, or other issues affecting timely fulfilment.

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

 

Reference Source: DoDI 5000.81 Section 2

Assesses DoD Component funding strategies to support urgent operational needs (UONS) and other quick reaction capabilities and identifies and recommends current execution year offsets, as necessary.

Director Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) 

 

Reference Source: DoDI 5000.81 Section 2

Monitors all urgent capability acquisition programs.

Designates select programs for DOT&E operational and live fire testing. 

For programs under DOT&E oversight, approves operational and live fire test plans. 

For programs under DOT&E oversight, approves post-deployment assessment plans at the Production and Deployment Milestones.

As applicable, submits independent operational test and live fire reports to the Secretary of Defense, the USD(A&S), the Congressional Defense Committees, and Service components. 

Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)) 

 

Reference Source: DoDI 5000.81 Section 2

Assesses DoD Component funding strategies to support urgent operational needs (UONS) and other quick reaction capabilities and identifies and recommends current execution year offsets, as necessary.

Advises the USD(A&S) on security, intelligence, and counterintelligence requirements associated with DAE program technologies, developmental testing, and technical risks.

Advises the Components on security, counterintelligence, and intelligence matters associated with their Urgent Capability Acquisition programs and works with them to assess threats and address vulnerabilities.

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

 

Reference Source: DoDI 5000.81 Section 2

Assists and advises the Executive Director, JRAC and solution sponsors by:

 

    • Reviewing CJCS validated JUON/JEON requirements and providing recommendations for their resolution.
    • Requesting data to provide technical advice and assistance to decision makers consistent with the level of Office of the USD(R&E) engagement.
DoD Component Heads

 

Reference Source: DoDI 5000.81 Section 2

Tailor and streamline program strategies and oversight of urgent capability acquisitions, as appropriate.

    • This includes program information, acquisition activity, and the timing and scope of decision reviews and decision levels.
    • Tailoring and streamlining should be based on program complexity and the required timelines to meet urgent capability requirements consistent with applicable laws and regulations.

Assess the merits of partial or interim solutions that can be fielded more rapidly, if the desired capability cannot be delivered within 2 years.

    • In those cases, the actions necessary to develop the desired solution may be initiated concurrent with the fielding of the interim solution.
    • Critical warfighter issues identified by the Warfighter SIG, in accordance with DoDD 5000.71, will be addressed as determined by the co-chairs of the Warfighter SIG.

Ensure Acquisition decision making, and associated activity are tailored to expedite acquisition of the capability.

Ensure that Acquisition decision making and associated activity are tailored to expedite acquisition,  of the capability. Production can be authorized in those cases when there is limited development and a production decision is needed to maintain schedule.

Use all available authorities to expeditiously fund, develop, test, procure, field, and sustain urgent need solutions. Generally, funds will have to be reprioritized and/or reprogrammed. If a capability can be fielded within an acceptable timeline through normal PPBE system, it is not considered appropriate for urgent capability acquisition.

Identify and recommend current execution year offsets to fund each urgent need action and participate in funding discussions between the Executive Director, JRAC, and the USD(C)/CFO.

Employ, to the extent possible, parallel rather than sequential processes to identify and refine capability requirements, identify resources, and execute acquisitions to expedite delivery of solutions. Formal milestone events may not be required.

Ensure financial, contracting, and other support organizations (e.g., Defense Contract Audit Agency, Defense Contract Management Agency, General Counsel) and prime and subcontractors involved with aspects of the acquisition program are fully aware of the urgency of the need and will ensure expedited action.

What's Changed?

New/revised text from DoDI 5000.02, Enclosure 13, January 2015, is highlighted in red; deletions are shown as strikethrough text.

 

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

  • Develops processes and procedures to enable urgent capability acquisitions and communicates updates to procedures to the acquisition workforce, as appropriate.
  • Determines when a program is not appropriate for the Urgent Capability Acquisition pathway. The USD(A&S) may disapprove use of the Urgent Capability Acquisition pathway and direct that any program be executed using another acquisition pathway

 

Executive Director, Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell (JRAC) ­

  • Assigns responsibilities to the DoD Component heads for rapid resolution of joint urgent operational needs (JUONs), joint emergent operational needs (JEONs), and Warfighter Senior Integration Group (SIG)-identified urgent issues in accordance with DoDD 5000.71.
  • Notifies the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer, Department of Defense ((USD(C)/CFO)) of urgent need requirements, assigned solution sponsors, and resources needed to facilitate the timely resolution of urgent warfighter needs. Assists in the resolution of funding issues, as required.
  • Maintains visibility of DoD Component efforts to satisfy urgent warfighter actions based on updates from solution sponsors and informs the Warfighter SIG of the status of funding, contracting, delivery, performance, training, fielding, sustainment, or other issues affecting timely fulfilment.

 

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

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  • Assesses DoD Component funding strategies to support urgent operational needs (UONS) and other quick reaction capabilities and identifies and recommends current execution year offsets, as necessary.

 

Director Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E)

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  • Monitors all urgent capability acquisition programs.
  • Designates select programs for DOT&E operational and live fire testing.
  • For programs under DOT&E oversight, approves operational and live fire test plans.
  • For programs under DOT&E oversight, approves post-deployment assessment plans at the Production and Deployment Milestones.
  • As applicable, submits independent operational test and live fire reports to the Secretary of Defense, the USD(A&S), the Congressional Defense Committees, and Service components.

 

Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I))

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  • Assesses DoD Component funding strategies to support urgent operational needs (UONS) and other quick reaction capabilities and identifies and recommends current execution year offsets, as necessary.
  • Advises the USD(A&S) on security, intelligence, and counterintelligence requirements associated with DAE program technologies, developmental testing, and technical risks.
  • Advises the Components on security, counterintelligence, and intelligence matters associated with their Urgent Capability Acquisition programs and works with them to assess threats and address vulnerabilities.

 

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

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  • Assists and advises the Executive Director, JRAC and solution sponsors by:
    • Reviewing CJCS validated JUON/JEON requirements and providing recommendations for their resolution.
    • Requesting data to provide technical advice and assistance to decision makers consistent with the level of Office of the USD(R&E) engagement.

 

DoD Component Heads

  • MDAs and program managers will Tailor and streamline program strategies and oversight of urgent capability acquisitions, as appropriate.
    • This includes program information, acquisition activity, and the timing and scope of decision reviews and decision levels.
    • Tailoring and streamlining should be based on program complexity and the required timelines to meet urgent need capability requirements consistent with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Consistent with the emphasis on urgency, if the desired capability cannot be delivered within 2 years, the MDA will assess the suitability Assess the suitability merits of partial or interim solutions that can be fielded more rapidly, if the desired capability cannot be delivered within 2 years.
    • In those cases, the actions necessary to develop the desired solution may be initiated concurrent with the fielding of the interim solution.
    • Urgent Critical warfighter issues identified by the Warfighter SIG, per in accordance with DoDD 5000.71, will be addressed as determined by the co-chairs of the Warfighter SIG.
  • Ensure Acquisition decision making, and associated activity will be are tailored to expedite acquisition of the capability.
  • Ensure that Acquisition decision making and associated activities activity will be are tailored to expedite acquisition, fielding and sustainment of the capability. Development will generally be limited, and the MDA can authorize Production can be authorized in those cases when there is limited development and a production decision is needed to maintain schedule.
  • Generally, funds will have to be reprioritized and/or reprogrammed to expedite the acquisition process. Use all available authorities to expeditiously fund, develop, test, procure, field, and sustain urgent need solutions. Generally, funds will have to be reprioritized and/or reprogrammed. If a capability can be fielded within an acceptable timeline through normal PPBE system, it is not considered appropriate for urgent capability acquisition.
  • Identify and recommend current execution year offsets to fund each urgent need action and participate in funding discussions between the Executive Director, JRAC, and the USD(C)/CFO.
  • DoD Components will Employ, to the extent possible, parallel rather than sequential processes to identify and refine capability requirements, identify resources, and execute acquisitions to expedite delivery of solutions. Formal milestone events may not be required.
  • DoD Components will Ensure financial, contracting, and other support organizations (e.g., Defense Contract Audit Agency, Defense Contract Management Agency, General Counsel) and prime and subcontractors involved with aspects of the acquisition program are fully aware of the urgency of the need and will ensure expedited action.