Systems Engineering for Today’s Adaptive Acquisition Programs

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Systems Engineering for Today’s Adaptive Acquisition Programs

Course Description

The new DoD Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF) gives increased flexibility to acquisition efforts; however, this complicates proper tailoring of acquisition activities. This course introduces you to options under the new AAF Pathways and teaches value-added systems engineering that is appropriate for the specific timelines. Specifically, the examples and group exercises will prepare you to perform an analysis of alternatives, requirements analysis, lifecycle cost estimate, and functional decomposition for programs on a non-traditional acquisition timeline.

Course Content


  • Understand the new federal acquisition regulations
  • Options for scenarios


  • Processes applicable to specific AAF Pathways
Requirements & Materials



Required (student must provide)

  • Computer and webcam with necessary software for remote courses
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Project will be shown but not used in student projects

Provided (student will receive)

  • Presentation slides
  • Example details

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for mid-level program managers and engineers in government or contractor acquisition roles.

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What You Will Learn

  • Familiarity with the new DoD Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF)
  • How to conduct an analysis of alternatives for better acquisition decision making
  • How to translate customer needs, derived from various sources, into technical requirements
  • How to conduct a lifecycle cost estimate in accordance with DoD guidance
  • How to identify and allocate necessary functions to components of a system
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How You Will Benefit

  • Understand the rationale for the Adaptive Acquisition Framework approach and the options it presents a program manager.
  • Become familiar with the types of products that are still required for DoD acquisition programs.
  • Be prepared to apply systems engineer processes in accordance with current acquisition regulations.
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The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

- Abe Kani


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