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Acquisition Workforce Tools & Aids

DoD Acquisition Tools and Resources Catalog's Acquisition Tools & Resources page provides access to job aides, guidebooks, templates and more for on-the-job support.

DoD Acquisition Guidebooks and Reference  (formerly the DAG)    

The sole Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG) has been retired and replaced by a modern set of guidebooks aligned with DoD's new acquisition policies and functional tiers.

DoD Acquisition Communities of Practice

DAU communities of practice (CoP) empower the acquisition workforce (AWF) by turning students into practitioners and practitioners into experts by connecting people and knowledge. CoPs advance this connection by providing fast, frictionless access to information, resources, strategies, innovation, and support.


ACQuipedia serves as an online encyclopedia of common defense acquisition topics. Each topic is identified as an article, containing a definition, a brief narrative that provides context, as well as links to the most pertinent policy, guidance, tools, practices, and training which further augment understanding and expand depth.

DAU Glossary of Defense Acquisition Acronyms and Terms

The Glossary reflects most acronyms, abbreviations, and terms commonly used in the systems acquisition process within the Department of Defense (DoD) and defense industries. It focuses on terms with generic DoD application but also includes some Service-unique terms .

Integrated Product Support Guidebook Suite

Twelve key DoD product support guidance documents and guidebooks hosted by DAU on behalf of their respective DoD stakeholders.

DAU Systems Engineering Brainbook

This tool curates systems engineering-related DAU training, learning tools, and performance learning assets with links back to pertinent source documents and sites.

Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF) Quick Reference Card

The AAF DoD Quick Reference Card provides a quick reference to DoD, Service and Agency Policies relative to the various Adaptive Acquisition Framework Pathways. It also lists DoD web sites where more detailed AAF information may be found.

Earned Value Management (EVM) "Gold Card" Reference

The EVM Gold Card defines common EVM terminology, lists EVM metric equations, lables the most common EVM graph, while summarizing DoD EVM policy.

Acquisition Regulation Comparator (ARC)

The ARC is a useful tool to anyone who references the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and its supplements, especially new acquisition personnel, teaching how to navigate these resources and compare them side-by-side.

Contracting Pricing Reference Guides (CPRG)

The CPRG is a five volume set covering topics such as price analysis, quantitative techniques, cost analysis, advanced issues in contract pricing, and negotiations.

DAU Provision and Clause Matrix

This tool provides guidance on the use of all provisions and clauses contained in the FAR, Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), and various agency supplements. It also includes guidance on the use of provisions and clauses contained in DoD class deviations.

Contracting Subway Map

The DAU Contracting Subway Map is an interactive, color coded guide to the acquisition contracting process, assisting in locating pertinent regulatory and agency direction/guidance and access to applicable templates, guides and forms.

Service Acquisition Mall (SAM)

The SAM is intended to help you get your job done by providing usable tools and templates to create your performance-based service acquisition requirements.

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