Defense Acquisition Board (DAB)

The DAB is the Department’s senior-level forum for advising the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) on critical decisions concerning Acquisition Category (ACAT) ID programs, and selected ACAT IA programs. The DAB is composed of the DoD’s senior executives. The DAB is chaired by the USD(AT&L). Other executive members of the DAB include:

  • Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (VCJCS)
  • Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) (USD(C))
  • Under Secretary of Defense (Policy) (USD(P))
  • Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) (USD(P&R))
  • Chief Information Officer of DoD
  • Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E)
  • Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (DCAPE)
  • Director, Acquisition Resources and Analysis (ARA) (also executive secretary of the DAB)
  • Secretaries of the Military Departments

Defense Acquisition Board advisers include:

  • Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition)(ASD[A])
  • Assistant Secretary of Defense (Logistics & Material Readiness)(ASD[L&MR])
  • Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment)(DUSD[I&E])
  • DoD Deputy General Counsel (Acquisition & Logistics)
  • Director, Defense Research & Engineering
  • DoD Component Acquisition Executives (CAEs)
  • the relevant OIPT Leader(s)
  • Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • Deputy Director, Cost Assessment
  • Director, Defense Procurement & Acquisition Policy (DPAP)
  • Director, Systems Engineering (SE)
  • Director, Developmental Test & Evaluation (DT&E)
  • Director, Industrial Policy
  • Director International Cooperation
  • Assistant Secretary of Defense (Legislative Affairs)(ASD[LA])
  • Chair, Functional Capabilities Board(s)(FCBs)
  • Cognizant Program Executive Officer(s) and Program Manager(s) (PMs)

The USD(AT&L) may ask other department officials to participate in reviews, as required.

Source: Defense Acquisition Guidebook

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