The following is a digitized version of SECNAVINST 5000.42 from ASN (RD&A) dated 22 Dec 16. This provides the exact language of the instruction in a more interactive, online format.

From : Secretary of the Navy

Ref :
(a) Section 806 of Public Law 107 – 314, “The Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003,” December 2, 2002, as amended by sec 803 of the Public Law 114 – 92, ” The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016″
(b) DoD Instruction 5000.02 of 7 January 2015
(c) DoD Directive 5000.71 of 24 August 2012
(d) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction 3170.0lI, “Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System, ” of 23 January 2015
(e) SECNAVINST 5000.2E
(f) SECNAVINST 5430.7Q
(g) SECNAVINST 5400.15C CH-1

(1) Definitions
(2) Concept of Operations
(3) Responsibilities

1 . Purpose. This instruction establishes governance policies for implementing the urgent needs and accelerated acquisition policies of references (a) through (d) ; establishes policy for the analysis and execution of rapid prototyping , experimentation and demonstration (RPED) initiatives; and establishes policy for the initiation and execution of Maritime Accelerated Capability Office (MACO) programs.

2 . Cancellation. This instruction supersedes section 1.8 , ” Urgent Capability Needs and Rapid Acquisition” , of reference (e) and shall be incorporated into future revisions.

3. Definitions. See enclosure (1).

4. Applicability. This instruction applies to all organizations within the Department of the Navy (DON).

5. Policy

a. When Navy or Marine Corps materiel priorities cannot be supported on the timeline required through the Global Force Management (GFM) process, the traditional Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution System (PPBES), or the Defense Acquisition System (DAS) processes, the DON shall aggressively pursue accelerated acquisition processes outlined in this policy.

b. The DON shall employ accelerated processes to respond to urgent operational needs (UONs) within the definition of references (c) and (d), as well as needs assessed by the Navy or Marine Corps that require immediate actions to mitigate current threats, to offset future threats, or to leverage advances in technology that will enable Naval forces to maintain their operational and technological superiority over potential adversaries.

c. The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC), and the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition (ASN (RD&A)) shall determine the most appropriate path to resolve priority Naval needs. Those paths could include the traditional GFM, PPBES, and DAS processes, or in cases where schedule considerations warrant, include MACO programs or RPED projects per enclosure (2).

d. Upon determination to pursue an accelerated process, all available authorities shall be exercised to enable project execution on a timeline commensurate with the need.

e. The Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) shall maintain oversight of efforts for rapid development, demonstration, and fielding of operational capabilities through the Accelerated Acquisition Board of Directors (AA BoD) which will consist of the CNO, the CMC, the ASN(RD&A), and, for ACAT 1D or special interest programs designated by the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Acquisition Executive. The AA BoD shall be the final authority for implementing the policy, procedures, and intent of this instruction.

f . Potential solutions to close operational gaps shall be informed by the timeline of the operational risk, the availability of mature technologies, the cost , and the schedule of projected program execution . The AA BoD is responsible and accountable for balancing risks against potential solutions.

g. The definition of critical terms, specific responsibilities, and processes for implementing this instruction are set forth in enclosure (1).

6. Responsibilities. See enclosure (3). This instruction does not supersede or modify the assignment of responsibilities in reference (f).

7 . Records Management. Records created as a result of this instruction, regardless of media and formats, shall be managed per SECNAV Manual 5210.1 of January 2012.

8. Reports. The reports contained within paragraph 4f of enclosure (2) are assigned SECNAV Reports Control Symbol 4400-1.

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