Guidance

Acquisition Operating Framework

The Acquisition Operating Framework is the main source of policy and guidance on acquisition for the Ministry of Defence and industry partners.

The Acquisition Operating Framework defines how we conduct, govern and control our defence acquisition process and is a main enabler for improving our delivery to the armed forces and for producing greater value for money for the taxpayer.

How to access the AOF

The AOF is now available via registered access (link is at the bottom of this page). Please complete the registration form to get a log on account for AOF and once you have activated your account you will be able to browse the AOF.

You will be sent an email to activate your account.

If you experience any difficulties in registering or accessing the AOF then contact us via email.

Contents of the AOF

The AOF provides the information, guidance and instruction that set out how the MOD conducts acquisition business. It includes:

  • capability management which includes the defence operating model (DOM), the target operating model (TOM), the generic capability management (GCM) model and the capability management practitioners’ guide (CMPG), requirements and acceptance and urgent operational requirements where you’ll find information on capability planning, capability delivery, capability generation, user requirements documents (URD), system requirements documents (SRD), integrated test, evaluation and acceptance and more

  • system of systems approach (SOSA) where you’ll find information on the SOSA principles, SOSA operating model and SOSA rulebook

  • portfolio, programme and project management (P3M) where you’ll find the MOD’s portfolio, programme and project management guidance/methodologies as well as the MOD project management standard and information on through life management (TLM), through life finance, earned value management, planning and scheduling, assumptions management, risk management, configuration management, performance management and more

  • the commercial toolkit where you’ll find guidance on aspects such as contracting methods, contract administration, pricing and tendering as well as an archive of ‘DEFCONs’ and Defence forms ‘(DEFFORMs)’

  • logistics where you’ll find the governing policies of the support solutions envelope (SSE), as well as guidance on integrated logistic support (ILS), reliability and maintainability and inventory management

  • safety and environmental protection including information on related safety and environmental protection legislation, policies, standards and management and more

  • sustainable procurement where you’ll find information on embedding sustainable procurement in the acquisition lifecycle, sustainable defence estate procurement and more

  • engineering including systems engineering, lifecycles, design reviews, standardisation and managing quality. You’ll also find sector specific and cross cutting information including maritime, land, air, information systems, communications and human factors integration (HFI)

  • defence science and technology, modelling and simulation and technology management where you’ll find guidance on science and technology, technology readiness levels (TRL), system readiness levels (SRL) and more

  • planning process

  • approvals and scrutiny which includes approvals guidance

Contact details

If you experience any difficulties in registering or accessing the AOF then please email:

dpas-aofteam@mod.uk

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