In 2017, Congress began requiring the Department to conduct Independent Technical Risk Assessments (ITRAs) on Major Defense Acquisition Programs in advance of milestone and production decisions. ITRAs provide senior leaders with an independent view of program technical risk, including the maturity of critical technologies and manufacturing processes.


The Engineering team conducts ITRAs on Acquisition Category (ACAT) ID programs for USD(R&E) approval and maintains the policy and guidance for ITRAs. The Services or Agencies will conduct ITRAs on ACAT IB/IC programs with the approval authority determined by USD(R&E). When USD(R&E) determines he should approve an ACAT IB/IC program ITRA, the Engineering team works with the Services to process those assessments for USD(R&E) approval.

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DDR&E(AC)

Directorate of Defense Research and
Engineering for Advanced Capabilities
The Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301