ASD(A) Mission & Priorities

Four reform areas drive our transformation of the Defense Acquisition System

OUSD A&S Strategic Road Map

ASD(A) Mission

Deliver capability at the point of need through a Defense Acquisition System that is flexible, tailorable, and enables speed.

Tenets of the Defense Acquisition System

Simplify policy, tailor-in approaches, empower program managers, facilitate data-driven analysis, actively manage risk, emphasize sustainment.

Reform Areas

Area 1: Policy

    To build a more lethal force and accelerate delivery to the Warfighter, we must simplify complex policy and afford flexibility based on the capability being acquired.
  • Implementing an Adaptive Acquisition Framework
  • Developing and integrating policies for supporting functional areas
  • Continuously iterating and exploring the creation of additional acquisition pathways to address unique systems as required

Restructuring Acquisition Policy and Guidance


Area 2: Contracting

Contracting at the Speed of Relevance

    To increase the speed and efficiency of our contracting, we must reduce regulatory burden while leveraging authorities afforded by our partners in Congress.
  • Repealing recommended clauses in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)
  • Increasing the currency of guidance to the contracting community
  • Leveraging innovative contracting, such as Other Transaction Authorities

Area 3: Industrial Base

    To reduce vulnerabilities and ensure a resilient defense industrial base, both commercial and organic, we must increase supply chain visibility and mitigate cybersecurity risks.
  • Developing common tools for better insight into second-, third-, and fourth-tier levels
  • Enabling active supply chain risk management within program teams

Strengthening and Securing the Defense Industrial Base


Area 4: Workforce

Effectively Training the Acquisition Workforce

    To make our acquisition system more agile and responsive, we must transform the way we train the most important part of that system – the workforce.
  • Transforming DAU into a modern learning platform
  • Constructing a component- and workforce-centric tailorable, continuous learning construct
  • Developing credentials to deliver relevant training at the time of need