Secretary of Navy Issues Updated Acquisition Policy Instruction

US Navy

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Navy, Carlos Del Toro, recently signed SECNAV Instruction 5000.2G.

Last updated in March 2019, the revised instruction modernizes the Department of the Navy’s program acquisition and sustainment policies by incorporating advanced acquisition methods that accelerate development of emerging technologies and capabilities. It replaces three previous instructions, providing streamlined guidance for acquisition professionals to develop Navy and Marine Corps programs through multiple acquisition pathways.

“This updated instruction empowers our Navy and Marine Corps acquisition professionals to aggressively develop promising technologies into capabilities our warfighters need to maintain maritime dominance,” said Del Toro. “It provides them with multiple acquisition pathways to leverage commercial innovation and emphasizes a program’s entire lifecycle from development to sustainment.”

SNI 5000.2G supports the integrated, efficient, and successful implementation of the Defense Acquisition System (DAS), and provides policies for the implementation of the Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF) within the DON. It promotes collaboration across the DON to implement modern tools and data analytics for improvement of programmatic decision making

DAS and AAF develop and field affordable, lethal and exportable capabilities. These capabilities increase the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team’s ability to maintain maritime dominance in defense of our Nation, empower our people, and strengthen strategic partnerships.

AAF applies commercial innovation to defense acquisition to leverage new technologies, integrate data analytics, and accelerate development of capabilities for the warfighter.

The new instruction provides acquisition professionals with guidance AAF tools, including Urgent Operational Needs, Middle Tier of Acquisition, Major Capability Acquisition, Software Pathway, Defense Business Systems, and the Defense Acquisition of Services. It also updates the Two Pass Seven Gate Process, Systems Engineering, Test and Evaluation, Cyber Security, Data, and Sustainment.

The instruction is available here: SECNAVINST 5000 (

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