Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell

The purpose of the Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell is to assist in resolving issues impeding the urgent materiel and logistics requirements that the Combatant Commands certify as operationally critical and the Joint Staff validates as an urgent Warfighter need.

Our Areas of Responsibility

Joint Urgent Operational Need/Joint Emergent Operational Need

  • Receives and evaluates validated JUONs/JEONs, and other critical warfighter issues that the Warfighter SIG designates for action; designates DoD Components to be responsible for the fulfillment of urgent needs. Monitors the progress and completion of the actions to ensure rapid fielding of needed capabilities.
  • Maintains visibility of DoD Component efforts to satisfy UONs and informs the Warfighter SIG of the status of JUON/JEON funding, contracting, delivery, performance, training, fielding, sustainment, and/or other issues affecting timely fulfillment.

The Warfighter Senior Integration Group (Afghanistan, Counter ISIS)

  • Develops implementing policies and procedures for the operation of the Warfighter SIG and the JRAC. Establishes, chairs or assigns working groups subordinate to the Warfighter SIG.

Funding Urgent Warfighter Needs

  • Serves as the senior official within OSD with primary responsibility for making recommendations to the Secretary of Defense on the use of rapid acquisition authority (RAA) as provided for in subsections (c) and (d) of section 806 of Public Law 107-314.
  • Advises the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer, Department of Defense (USD(C)/CFO) of resources required to facilitate the timely resolution of urgent warfighter needs and assist in the resolution of funding issues as required.

Defense Assisted Acquisition

  • The DA2 serves as the single entry point to the DoD acquisition enterprise, providing policy and oversight to drive awareness and unity of effort for interagency requests for DoD assisted acquisition.

Legislative Proposals

  • Facilitates, generates, and/or sponsors legislative and policy actions that promote the effectiveness, efficiency, and timeliness of satisfying validated UONs across DoD.

Our Mission

The Office of the Executive Director, Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell (JRAC) coordinates urgent and emergent acquisitions to meet the needs of combatant commanders and interagency partners by refining requirements and harnessing authorities best suited for rapid acquisition. Within the DoD, the JRAC provides Warfighter Senior Integration Group oversight for ongoing operations and coordinates Combatant Commander-wide joint urgent and emergent operation needs. In support of the interagency, the JRAC provides Defense Assisted Acquisition (DA2) as the single entry point to the DoD acquisition enterprise.

Our Vision

We are the Department of Defense’s premier organization for quick reaction capability acquisition, leveraging rapid acquisition processes, remaining agile in meeting the needs of the nation, anticipating urgent and emergent threats, and leading change.


We rapidly assess, task organize, and appropriately respond to unpredictable situations in an inherently pressurized resource environment to identify and deliver immediate warfighter capabilities.


We quickly identify the correct cross-functional subject matter experts to help resolve a problem and effectively facilitate the sharing of knowledge, creativity and consensus building.


We remain impartial while enabling quick reaction capabilities for the warfighter.


We drive solutions to unique and complex problems based on determination, resourcefulness, and the ability to creatively see beyond the obvious –pushing past the known to accomplish the mission.


We routinely accomplish the most difficult and unimaginable acquisition tasks in austere resource and policy constrained environments with resolute determination to accomplish the mission.

Geographic Combatant Commands
U.S. Central Command

United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) was established Jan. 1, 1983. As its name implies, USCENTCOM covers the "central" area of the globe located between the European, Africa and Indo-Pacific Commands.

U.S. Africa Command

U.S. Africa Command, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, is one of 11 U.S. Department of Defense combatant commands, each with a geographic or functional mission that provides command and control of military forces in peace and war. AFRICOM employs the broad-reaching diplomacy, development, and defense approach to foster interagency efforts and help negate the drivers of conflict and extremism in Africa.

U.S. European Command

USEUCOM executes a full range of multi-domain operations in coordination with Allies and partners to support NATO, deter Russia, assist in the defense of Israel, enable global operations, and counter trans-national threats in order to defend the Homeland forward and fortify Euro-Atlantic security. Should deterrence fail, USEUCOM is prepared to fight alongside Allies and partners to prevail in any conflict.

U.S. Northern Command

Over the last three decades, our nations’ competitors and potential adversaries have developed advanced capabilities in all domains to challenge us at home and across the competition continuum. The new NORAD and USNORTHCOM Strategy provides a clear roadmap for the United States and Canada to defend North America and protect our nations' critical infrastructure.

U.S. Pacific Command

USINDOPACOM is one of six geographic Unified Combatant Commands of the United States Armed Forces. Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (CDRUSINDOPACOM) is the senior U.S. military authority in the Indo-Pacific Command AOR. CDRUSINDOPACOM reports to the President of the United States through the Secretary of Defense and is supported by four component commands: U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Army Pacific and U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific. These commands are headquartered in Hawai'i and have forces stationed and deployed throughout the region.

U.S. Southern Command

SOUTHCOM is responsible for providing contingency planning, operations, and security cooperation in its assigned Area of Responsibility which includes:

  • Central America
  • South America
  • The Caribbean (except U.S. commonwealths, territories, and possessions)
Functional Combatant Commands
U.S. Special Operations Command

USSOCOM develops and employs fully capable Special Operations Forces to conduct global special operations and activities as part of the Joint Force to support persistent, networked and distributed Combatant Command operations and campaigns against state and non-state actors to protect and advance U.S. policies and objectives.

U.S. Transportation Command

USTRANSCOM conducts globally integrated mobility operations, leads the broader Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise, and provides enabling capabilities in order to project and sustain the Joint Force in support of national objectives.

U.S. Strategic Command

The mission of USSTRATCOM is to deter strategic attack and employ forces, as directed, to guarantee the security of our Nation and our Allies. The command's assigned responsibilities include strategic deterrence; nuclear operations; space operations; joint electronic spectrum operations; global strike; missile defense; and analysis and targeting. USSTRATCOM's forces and capabilities underpin and enable all other Joint Force operations.

U.S. Cyber Command

The Command unifies the direction of cyberspace operations, strengthens DoD cyberspace capabilities, and integrates and bolsters DoD's cyber expertise. USCYBERCOM improves DoD's capabilities to operate resilient, reliable information and communication networks, counter cyberspace threats, and assure access to cyberspace. USCYBERCOM is designing the cyber force structure, training requirements and certification standards that will enable the Services to build the cyber force required to execute our assigned missions. The command also works closely with interagency and international partners in executing these critical missions.