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Department of Defense news release (Jan. 20, 2006): DoD returns oversight of selected Air Force programs.

The Department of Defense announced today the return of milestone decision authority to the Department of the Air Force for 10 major programs. These programs had been temporarily redesignated under the authority of under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics in March 2005 at a time when Air Force leadership was in transition.

These 10 programs are once again ACAT 1C, which means they are approved at the Service acquisition executive level. Their temporary designation of ACAT 1D programs meant that program decisions were approved at the USD(AT & L) level. Milestone Decision Authority for these 10 major defense acquisition programs now falls to Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne.

Air Force Non-Space Major Defense Acquisition Programs Redesignated as Air Force ACAT IC Programs
 1. Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM)
 2. B-2 Radar Modernization Program (B-2 RMP)
 3. C-5 Aircraft Reliability Enhancement and Reengining Program (C-5
 4. Globemaster III Advanced Cargo Aircraft (C-17A)
 5. C-130 Aircraft Avionics Modernization Program (C-130 AMP)
 6. Hercules Cargo Aircraft (C-130J)
 7. Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM)
 8. Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)
 9. Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS)
10. National Airspace System (NAS)

The department's review and approval process for large weapons systems is documented in DoD Directive 5000.1 and DoD Instruction 5000.2.
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Title Annotation:Policy & Legislation
Publication:Defense AT & L
Date:May 1, 2006
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