MS 0MISSION NEED STATEMENT (MNS): The MNS is a non-system-specific statement of operational capability needs. It discusses nonmaterial alternatives, potential material alternatives, infrastructure support constraints, operational environments, and desired mission capability.
MS 0-IVACQUISITION DECISION MEMORANDUM (ADM): The ADM is a memorandum to the Secretary of Defense from the Defense Acquisition Executive, documenting the Secretary's milestone and other decisions (including approval of the Integrated Program Summary and acquisition strategy) on a DAB program.
MS I-IVOPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS DOCUMENT (ORD): The ORD identifies performance and related operational parameters for a proposed concept or system. It describes the overall mission area, type of system proposed, and anticipated operational and support concepts in sufficient detail to support program and logistics planning.
MS I-IVSYSTEM THREAT ASSESSMENT REPORT (STAR): The STAR is prepared by the cognizant intelligence office of the implementing command and is validated by the Defense Intelligence Agency or the appropriate Service Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence. It describes the projected future operational threat environment, the system-specific threat, and any reactive threats that could affect program decisions.
MS I-IVINTEGRATED PROGRAM SUMMARY (IPS): The IPS comprises several documents that highlight the status of critical areas and describe plans for future phases. It replaces the System Concept Paper and the Decision Coordinating Paper. The following documents are included in the IPS:

  • Program Structure
  • Program Life-Cycle Cost Estimate Summary
  • Acquisition Strategy Report
  • Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Affordability Assessment
  • Cooperative Opportunities Document
MS I-IVINTEGRATED PROGRAM ASSESSMENT (IPA): The IPA is prepared by the DAB or designated Service Acquisition Executive (SAE). It summarizes the DAB's or SAE's assessment of a program. It is presented in the same format as the IPS, and identifies critical areas, issues, and recommendations.
MS I-IVCOST ANALYSIS REQUIREMENTS DESCRIPTION (CARD): The CARD is prepared by the DoD Component responsible for a program. It provides the program office and the team preparing the independent estimate a detailed statement of the scope of the estimates to be made for each alternative.
MS I-IVPROGRAM LIFE-CYCLE COST ESTIMATE: Documents the Program Manager's estimate of life-cycle costs. Used by the milestone decision authority, along with the Independent Cost Estimate (on ACAT I and II programs), to develop the program baseline and assess program affordability.
MS I-IVACQUISITION PROGRAM BASELINE (APB): This document is a formal agreement among the DAE, SAE, PEO, and PM identifying a program's functional specifications, cost, schedule, and operational effectiveness and suitability requirements, and other factors critical to the program's success. The MNS serves as the program baseline at Milestone 0. A concept baseline is developed at Milestone I. A development baseline is established at Milestone II, and a production baseline is established at Milestone III.
MS II, IIIMANPOWER ESTIMATE REPORT (MER): The MER is an estimate of the total number of military, civilian, and contractor personnel required to operate, maintain, support, and provide training for a defense system when fully deployed. This document is submitted to the Secretary of Defense at Milestones II and III.
MS I-IVTEST AND EVALUATION MASTER PLAN (TEMP): The TEMP provides a framework for developing detailed test and evaluation plans and for determining the schedule and resource implications of the test and evaluation program. It identifies and integrates the test objectives, responsibilities, resources, and schedules that must be accomplished prior to future milestone decision points.
MS I-IVINDEPENDENT COST ESTIMATE (ICE): An ICE on the life-cycle cost of a system is prepared and documented by an organization outside the program office. For all major defense acquisition programs, the OSD CAIG reviews the life-cycle cost estimates developed by both the program office and the independent cost- estimating team.
MS I-IVCOST AND OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS ANALYSIS (COEA): COEAs are conducted at Milestones I and II (and as required at Milestones III and IV) to assess the operational effectiveness and suitability of proposed concepts. The cost-effectiveness of the recommended approach and of alternative approaches is considered.
MS IIIOPERATIONAL TEST & EVALUATION (OT&E) REPORT: The OT&E Report presents the results of the initial tests of a system.
MS I-IVBEYOND-LOW-RATE INITIAL PRODUCTION (LRIP) REPORT: This report assesses the adequacy of OT&E and the operational effectiveness and suitability of a weapon system, subsystem, or component. It is prepared by the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation.

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