Army Acquisition Corps
Definition/Scope: (DA Pam 600-3) The Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) is responsible for equipping and sustaining the world’s most capable, powerful and respected Army. Our first responsibility is to the Soldier who protects and preserves our Nation. We strive to meet the needs of the Soldier throughout the full spectrum of operations by incorporating technical solutions to respond to the rapidly evolving threat environment. We ensure the production of the highest quality capabilities, providing the right product to the right place, at the right time-ensuring the Army is equipped for the 21st century. Our next responsibility is to our Partners - Army, Joint, industry, international, and academia. We work with our partners to develop, acquire, deliver and sustain weapons systems and capabilities to our Soldiers. We work closely with our partners to continually improve Army capabilities and to ensure their interoperability. Our final responsibility is to the American public. We must be good stewards of the taxpayers? dollars and work to continuously achieve the highest levels of effectiveness and efficiency in our business decisions. The AAC consists of commissioned officers, noncommissioned officers and Department of the Army civilians. Commissioned officers in the AAC are designated as functional area 51 officers. Unique functions performed by the Army acquisition workforce are based in statute and cannot be performed by non-acquisition personnel. Applicable statute is contained in the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA), consisting of 10 USC Sections 1701-1764 and further referenced in the Department of Defense Instruction (DODI) 5000 series. FA 51 officers effectively and efficiently develop, acquire, field, test and evaluate and sustain materiel by leveraging domestic, organic, commercial and foreign technologies, and capabilities to meet the Army’s current and future mission requirements. Acquisition officers are primarily responsible for the "M" domain in doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leader development, personnel and facilities (DOTML-PF).
Broader Terms:Army officer career branches
Narrower Terms:Army Contracting Agency
Related Terms:Center for Army Lessons Learned