Acquisition Approaches

and Management

About Us

Acquisition, Approaches, and Management (AAM) is responsible for policy development and implementation for the pathways depicted in the Adaptive Acquisition Framework. Our goal is to enable and empower the acquisition workforce to field effective and affordable capabilities, while simultaneously emphasizing transparency, speed of delivery, continuous adaptation, and frequent modular upgrades.

AAM has also created policy for acquisition and licensing of Intellectual Property (IP) (DoD Instruction 5010.44), supported by a cadre of IP professionals. The IP Cadre will facilitate the development and use of a highly competent and consistent approach across the DoD for acquiring, licensing, and managing IP; engaging with Industry and Congress; and when requested by DoD Components providing timely expert advice, assistance, and resources on IP matters at various stages of the life cycle of a system.

This division is also responsible for the multiple lines of effort under Advanced Software Acquisition, including software acquisition policy, an agile software acquisition pilot program, and a software specific appropriation pilot. The highest priority goal of Advanced Software Acquisition is to guide a Department-wide adoption of modern software acquisition practices.

Acquisition Policy Division

The AAM office provides guidance on Acquisition Policy, under the leadership of Deputy Director Mr. Everett E. "Skip" Hawthorne. This division is responsible for the development, coordination and issuance of defense acquisition policy implementing the national defense strategy. Key issuances include: Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 5000.01 which describes overarching department acquisition policy and DoD Instruction 5000.02 which describes the operation of the DoD acquisition system. These policies are supported by the Defense Acquisition Guidebook, a virtual reference that provides the acquisition workforce with the detailed business practice needed to facilitate the development of defense warfighting capability.

Mr. Everett E. 'Skip' Hawthorne
Mr. Everett E. "Skip" Hawthorne

Intellectual Property Cadre

The OSD Intellectual Property (IP) Cadre, under the direction of Mr. Richard M. Gray, is a cross-functional team of experts that is leading a coordinated, DoD-wide effort to modernize IP policies, regulations, training, culture, and best-practices. As summarized in the Report on IP Policy & the IP Cadre, this effort was initiated by issuing new DoD IP Policy (DoDI 5010.44), which also established a DoD-wide IP Cadre using a federated model in which the OSD IP Cadre coordinates efforts with cross-functional IP experts in the Military Departments, Defense Acquisition University, and other DoD components. Key initiatives include: partnering with the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering to facilitate DoD’s implementation of Modular Open Systems Approaches (MOSA) for DoD acquisitions; multiple concurrent cases to revise the DFARS IP coverage using an innovative “enhanced engagement” model that adapts the typical rulemaking process to allow industry and the public earlier opportunities to participate in the rule drafting process; a multiple-year Pilot Program on IP Evaluation and Valuation in DoD Acquisition Programs; and development of the forthcoming Adaptive Acquisition Framework guidebook Intellectual Property: A Strategic and Tactical Guidebook.

Mr. Richard M. Gray
Mr. Richard M. Gray

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