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Evolutionary Acquisition Process

AAC Helps the PM maintain the “Big Picture”
The key driver and underpinning of a successful evolutionary acquisition is Systems Engineering.
Systems Engineering is the management discipline by which the evolving requirements of the system and configuration management are maintained. In other words, with an evolutionary acquisition environment, Systems Engineering becomes more important than ever.

The success of the evolutionary strategy depends on the phased definition of capability needs, the coordination of those needs with system requirements, and a clear understanding of the maturity of technologies required for development.

In this environment, the general knowledge possessed by the experienced systems engineer becomes even more important, i.e., the need to see the big picture.

By creating a collaborative environment among the user, tester, and developer, AAC systems engineers are the catalyst by which an evolutionary acquisition succeeds.

Defined
Evolutionary acquisition is the preferred DoD strategy for rapid acquisition of mature technology for the user. An evolutionary approach delivers capability in increments, recognizing, up front, the need for future capability improvements. The objective is to balance needs and available capability with resources, and to put capability into the hands of the user quickly.

Each increment must be a militarily useful and supportable operational capability that can be developed, produced, deployed, and sustained. Each increment must have its own set of threshold and objective values set by the user. Block upgrades, pre-planned product improvement, and similar efforts that provide a significant increase in operational capability and meet an acquisition category threshold specified in this document must be managed as separate increments.

 

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