2016—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 114–328 added subsec. (d).
2011—Pub. L. 111–383, § 877(c)(2)(A), substituted “Defense Acquisition University” for “Defense acquisition university structure” in section catchline.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 111–383, § 877(c)(1), added subsec. (c).
2001—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 107–107 substituted “Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics” for “Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology” in introductory provisions.
1996—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 104–106 struck out “(1)” before “The Secretary of Defense” and redesignated subpars. (A) and (B) as pars. (1) and (2), respectively.
1993—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 103–160 substituted “Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology” for “Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition”.
Pub. L. 101–510, div. A, title XII, § 1209(h)(1), Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1667, provided that:
“Subsection (b) of section 1746 of title 10
, United States
Code (as added by section 1202), shall take effect with respect to the Defense Systems Management College on the date of the enactment of this Act [Nov. 5, 1990
Training in Commercial Items Procurement
Pub. L. 115–91, div. A, title VIII, § 850, Dec. 12, 2017, 131 Stat. 1488, provided that:
“(a)Training.—Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act [Dec. 12, 2017], the President of the Defense Acquisition University shall establish a comprehensive training program on part 12 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. The training shall cover, at a minimum, the following topics:
The origin of part 12 and the congressional mandate to prefer commercial procurements.
The definition of a commercial item, with a particular focus on the ‘of a type’ concept.
Price analysis and negotiations.
Market research and analysis.
Parametric estimating methods.
Best practices in pricing from commercial sector organizations, foreign government organizations, and other Federal, State
, and local public sectors organizations.
The President of the Defense Acquisition University shall set goals for student enrollment for the comprehensive training program established under subsection (a).
“(c)Supporting Activities.—The Secretary of Defense shall, in support of the achievement of the goals of this section—
engage academic experts on research topics of interest to improve commercial item identification and pricing methodologies; and
facilitate exchange and interface opportunities between government personnel to increase awareness of best practices and challenges in commercial item identification and pricing.
Training on Agile or Iterative Development Methods
Pub. L. 115–91, div. A, title VIII, § 891, Dec. 12, 2017, 131 Stat. 1509, provided that:
Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act [Dec. 12, 2017
], the Secretary of Defense
, in consultation with the President of the Defense Acquisition University
, shall establish a training course at the Defense Acquisition University
on agile or iterative development methods to provide training for personnel implementing and supporting the pilot programs required by sections 873 and 874 of this Act [10 U.S.C. 2223a
note, 10 U.S.C. 2302
“(b) Course Elements.—
“(1)In general.—The course shall be taught in residence at the Defense Acquisition University and shall include the following elements:
Training designed to instill a common understanding of all functional roles and dependencies involved in developing and producing a capability using agile or iterative development methods.
An exercise involving teams composed of personnel from pertinent functions and functional organizations engaged in developing an integrated agile or iterative development method for a specific program.
Instructors and content from non-governmental entities, as appropriate, to highlight commercial best practices in using an agile or iterative development method.
The Secretary shall ensure that the course is updated as needed, including through incorporating lessons learned from the implementation of the pilot programs required by sections 873 and 874 of this Act in subsequent versions of the course.
“(c)Course Attendance.—The course shall be—
available for certified acquisition personnel working on programs or projects using agile or iterative development methods; and
mandatory for personnel participating in the pilot programs required by sections 873 and 874 of this Act from the relevant organizations in each of the military departments
and Defense Agencies
, including organizations responsible for engineering, budgeting, contracting, test and evaluation
, requirements validation, and certification and accreditation.
“(d)Agile Acquisition Support.—
The Secretary and the senior acquisition executives in each of the military departments
and Defense Agencies
, in coordination with the Director of the Defense Digital Service, shall assign to offices supporting systems selected for participation in the pilot programs required by sections 873 and 874 of this Act a subject matter expert with knowledge of commercial agile acquisition methods and Department of Defense
acquisition processes to provide assistance and to advise appropriate acquisition authorities of the expert’s observations.
“(e)Agile Research Program.—
The President of the Defense Acquisition University shall establish a research program to conduct research on and development of agile acquisition practices and tools best tailored to meet the mission needs of the Department of Defense.
“(f)Agile or Iterative Development Defined.—The term ‘agile or iterative development’, with respect to software—
means acquisition pursuant to a method for delivering multiple, rapid, incremental capabilities to the user for operational use, evaluation, and feedback not exclusively linked to any single, proprietary method or process; and
the incremental development and fielding of capabilities, commonly called ‘spirals’, ‘spins’, or ‘sprints’, which can be measured in a few weeks or months; and
continuous participation and collaboration by users, testers, and requirements authorities.”
Contractor Incentives To Achieve Savings and Improve Mission Performance
Pub. L. 114–328, div. A, title VIII, § 832, Dec. 23, 2016, 130 Stat. 2283, provided that:
“Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act [Dec. 23, 2016
], the Defense Acquisition University
shall develop and implement a training program for Department of Defense
acquisition personnel on fixed-priced incentive fee contracts, public-private partnerships, performance-based contracting, and other authorities in law and regulation designed to give incentives to contractors
to achieve long-term savings and improve administrative practices and mission performance.”
Establishment of Initial Defense Acquisition University Structure
Pub. L. 101–510, div. A, title XII, § 1205, Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1658, as amended by Pub. L. 105–85, div. A, title X, § 1073(d)(4)(A), Nov. 18, 1997, 111 Stat. 1905, provided that, not later than Oct. 1, 1991, the Secretary of Defense, acting through the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology, was to prescribe regulations for the initial structure for a defense acquisition university under this section and to prescribe and submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and House of Representatives an implementation plan, including a charter, for the university structure, and not later than Aug. 1, 1992, the Secretary was to carry out the implementation plan.