10 U.S. Code § 4201 - Major defense acquisition programs: definition; exceptions

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(a) Definition.—Except as provided under subsection (b), in this part, the term “major defense acquisition program” means a Department of Defense acquisition program that is not a highly sensitive classified program (as determined by the Secretary of Defense) and—
(1)
that is designated by the Secretary of Defense as a major defense acquisition program; or
(2) in the case of a program that is not a program for the acquisition of an automated information system (either a product or a service), that is estimated by the Secretary of Defense to require—
(A)
an eventual total expenditure for research, development, test, and evaluation of more than $300,000,000 (based on fiscal year 1990 constant dollars); or
(B)
an eventual total expenditure for procurement, including all planned increments or spirals, of more than $1,800,000,000 (based on fiscal year 1990 constant dollars).
(b) Exceptions.—In this part, the term “major defense acquisition program” does not include the following:
(1)
An acquisition program or project that is carried out using the rapid fielding or rapid prototyping acquisition pathway under section 804 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (Public Law 114–92; 10 U.S.C. 2302 note).[1]
(2)
An acquisition program for a defense business system (as defined in section 2222(i)(1) of this title) carried out using the acquisition guidance issued pursuant to section 883(e) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (Public Law 114–92; 10 U.S.C. 2223a note).1


[1]  See References in Text note below.
Editorial Notes
References in Text

Section 804 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, referred to in subsec. (b)(1), is section 804 of Pub. L. 114–92, which is set out as a note preceding section 3201 of this title.

Section 883(e) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, referred to in subsec. (b)(2), is section 883(e) of Pub. L. 114–92, which is set out as a note preceding section 4571 of this title.

Amendments

2021—Pub. L. 116–283, § 1846(c)(1), transferred subsec. (a) of section 2430 of this title to this section, struck out par. (1) designation, inserted subsec. (a) heading, substituted “under subsection (b), in this part” for “under paragraph (2), in this chapter”, redesignated par. (2) as subsec. (b) and subpars. (A) and (B) of subsecs. (a) and (b) as pars. (1) and (2) of subsecs. (a) and (b), respectively, inserted subsec. (b) heading, and substituted “In this part” for “In this chapter” in introductory provisions of subsec. (b).

Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 116–283, § 1846(c)(2), substituted “to require—” for “to require”, inserted subpar. (A) designation before “an eventual total expenditure for research” and subpar. (B) designation before “an eventual total expenditure for procurement” and substituted “dollars); or” for “dollars) or”.

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 116–283, § 1846(c)(3), in introductory provisions, substituted “include the following:” for “include—”, in par. (1), substituted “An” for “an” and period at end for “; or” and in par. (2), substituted “An” for “an”.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date

Section and amendment by Pub. L. 116–283 effective Jan. 1, 2022, with additional provisions for delayed implementation and applicability of existing law, see section 1801(d) of Pub. L. 116–283, set out as an Effective Date of 2021 Amendment note preceding section 3001 of this title.

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