DATE: October 28, 2002

SUBJECT: Department of Defense; Cancellation of DOD 5000 Defense Acquisition Policy Documents

SOURCE: Memoranda from Deputy Secretary of Defense, dated October 30, 2002

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Notice

SYNOPSIS: On October 30, 2002, Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz issued two memoranda: one that cancelled the DOD 5000 series of documents governing the defense acquisition process; and one that issued interim guidance.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 30, 2002.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On October 30, 2002, Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz issued a memorandum regarding the DOD 5000 series of defense acquisition documents to the Director, Washington Headquarters Services, stating, "I am canceling these documents effective immediately..." In a separate memorandum to the secretaries of the military departments, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and others, Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz stated:

            I have determined that the current DOD Directive 5000.1, "The Defense Acquisition System," DOD Instruction 5000.2, "The Operation of the Defense Acquisition System," and DOD 5000.2-R, "Mandatory Procedures for Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs) and Major Automated Information Systems (MAIS) Acquisition Programs," require revision to create an acquisition policy environment that fosters efficiency, flexibility, creativity, and innovation. Therefore, by separate memorandum, I have cancelled those documents effective immediately.
            By this memorandum, I am issuing the attached interim guidance in place of the cancelled documents. The intent of the guidance is to rapidly deliver affordable, sustainable capability to the warfighter that meets the warfighter's needs. Additional, supporting discretionary, best practices, lessons learned, and expectations have been posted to the DOD 5000 Resource Center at http://dod5000.dau.mil.
            I am directing the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, with the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence) and the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, to jointly prepare revised documents within 120 days.

The interim guidance documents are "The Defense Acquisition System" (Attachment 1 to the memorandum), "Operation of the Defense Acquisition System" (Attachment 2), and "Interim Defense Acquisition Guidebook" (Attachment 3, formerly DOD 5000.2-R).

DOD Directive 5000.1 and DOD Instruction 5000.2 are expected to be reissued in January 2003. DOD 5000.2-R will not be reissued, but it serves as the "Interim Defense Acquisition Guidebook," but it is not mandatory.

The highlights of the interim documents are:

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