About Us


The Office of Acquisition Enablers (AE) is a new organization within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment. The office is the lead for enabling innovative acquisition approaches that deliver warfighting capability at the speed of relevance. Our priorities are to create, train, and implement the Adaptive Acquisition Framework and support the development of data-driven decision making. Read about our current Initiatives.


Mr. David S. Cadman

Mr. David S. Cadman

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Our Mission


To enable the acquisition workforce with innovative, data-driven practices and policies to deliver warfighting capability at the speed of relevance.


Our Initiatives

DoD 5000 Series Rewrite

The Adaptive Acquisition Framework is the most transformational change to acquisition policy in decades, diversifying the traditional process into six tailorable pathways: Urgent Capability, Middle Tier of Acquisition, Major Capability Acquisition, Software Acquisition, Defense Business Systems, and Acquisition of Services.

ADAPTIVE ACQUISITION FRAMEWORK

Data & Analytical Framework

Acquisition Enablers provides data governance, access, and analytics to enable acquisition insight and decision making in support of achieving better acquisition program outcomes.

AE in the News

AE in the News

CPM
DAU

Divisions

The Acquisition Enablers organization may be new, but our divisions have been providing leadership in acquisition policy, data collection, and analytics for years.
See our Organization Chart to get a sense of where Acquisition Enablers fits in the Acquisition and Sustainment group and the divisions within AE that work together to accomplish our mission.

The Acquisition Enablers organization may be new, but our divisions have been providing leadership in acquisition policy, data collection, and analytics for years. See our Organization Chart to get a sense of where Acquisition Enablers fits in the Acquisition and Sustainment group and the divisions within AE that work together to accomplish our mission.


Featured Resources

DAVE, the Defense Acquisition Visibility Environment, is a centralized hub that provides convenient access to acquisition data across several disparate data repositories, including DAMIR, AIR, ADS, and more.

DAVE Portal

The EVM-CR is DoD’s authoritative source for Earned Value Management (EVM) data. This cost and schedule data provides program execution insight for PMOs, Services, OSD, and DoD Components.

EVM-CR Portal

AE and the Tenets of the Defense Acquisition System

Simplify
Acquisition Policy

The new DoD 5000 Series policy provides a flexible, streamlined Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF) with tailorable acquisition pathways designed for the unique characteristics of the capability being acquired.

Tailor
Acquisition Approaches

The AAF holds Program Managers accountable for critical thinking and embraces tailoring program oversight to minimize unnecessary bureaucratic processes.

Empower
Program Managers

Program Managers are empowered to think critically, embrace decision making, and leverage innovative strategies to meet unique requirements.

AE and the Tenets of the Defense Acquisition System

Conduct
Data Driven Analysis

Acquisition policy emphasizes data-informed decision making and use of data analytics to improve acquisition outcomes.

Actively Manage
Risk

Program Managers are empowered to actively manage risk based on the unique characteristics of the capability being acquired.

Emphasize
Sustainment

Program teams are encouraged to consider their sustainment strategy throughout the entire program lifecycle. End-users will be involved early-on in program development to capture necessary sustainment requirements up front.

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