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David Norquist Deputy Defense Secretary DoD

David Norquist Signs Defense Acquisition System Directive

David Norquist, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 awardee, signed Tuesday a directive that outlines the principles governing DoD’s acquisition process in support of the National Defense Strategy.

The DoD Directive 5000.01 The Defense Acquisition System, which took effect Wednesday, details responsibilities for overseeing all acquisition programs and the six main principles of acquisition implemented through the adaptive acquisition framework, DoD said Wednesday.

The Defense Acquisition System will “deliver performance at the speed of relevance” by implementing six operating policies: empowering program managers; simplifying acquisition policy; employing tailored acquisition approaches; conducting data-driven analysis; actively managing risk; and emphasizing product support and sustainment.

The directive outlines other policies that will govern the DAS, such as conducting system of systems analysis, emphasizing competition and employing performance-based acquisition strategies.

The document also details acquisition-related responsibilities of the department’s undersecretaries for acquisition and sustainment and research and engineering and chief information officer, among others.

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