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The Department of Defense (DoD) is all set to revamp its purchasing policies, with the release of a new directive to transform its acquisition procedures.

Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord lauded the completion of updates to DOD Directive 5000.01.

DoDD 5000.01 is the overarching directive that describes the principles governing the acquisition process and emphasizes six main tenets of acquisition implemented via the Adaptive Acquisition Framework.

The legacy acquisition system was slow and perfectly fit no system and needed to be replaced with a solution on par with industry best practices. Lord added that the update needed to create a culture that facilitates “critical thinking and creative compliance”.

The resulting Adaptive Acquisition Framework gets rid of the traditional one-size-fits-all model in favor of six distinct, tailorable acquisition pathways program managers can follow depending on the capability being acquired.

Lord also highlighted examples of the Adaptive Acquisition Framework already making a difference in each of the services.

The milestone marks the culmination of the department’s initiative to transform its acquisition practices stemming back to Lord’s arrival in 2017.


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