Defense Acquisition Programs

Defense Acquisition Visibility Environment (DAVE)

The Acquisition Visibility Data Framework (AVDF), available via DAVE, can help you understand the data the department has under governance.  If you need to know how a data element is defined or what policy or regulation supports it, the AVDF can tell you.  Access the AVDF in the Resources section of DAVE.

The Defense Acquisition Visibility Environment (DAVE) provides Department of Defense personnel with access to accurate, authoritative, and reliable data to support acquisition oversight, insight, analysis, and decision-making. DAVE is the authoritative source for Program Information for major programs and provides access to data and capabilities that can give you material for analysis, as a student, and for doing your job, as an acquisition professional.  

Resources available in DAVE:

  • ​​​​​​​DAMIR – Defense Acquisition Management Information Retrieval
    ​Registration required. Available to current NPS student or faculty. First time users please fill out and submit the DOD 2875 System Access Authorization Request (SAAR) application. 

DAMIR is a DOD initiative that provides enterprise visibility to Acquisition program information. DAMIR streamlines acquisition management and oversight by leveraging web services, authoritative data sources, data collection, and data repository capabilities. DAMIR identifies various data sources that the Acquisition community uses to manage Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAP) and Major Automated Information Systems (MAIS) programs and provides a unified web-based interface through which to present that information. DAMIR is the authoritative source for Selected Acquisition Reports (SAR), SAR Baseline, Acquisition Program Baselines (APB), and Assessments. It is a powerful reporting and analysis tool with robust data checks, validation, standardization and workflow leveling. It has extensive security capabilities as well as both classified and unclassified versions. One component of DAMIR, Purview, is an executive information system that displays program information such as mission and description, cost, funding and schedule. It is OSD's solution for structured acquisition data presentation and uses web services to obtain and display Defense Acquisition Executive Summary (DAES) data directly from the Service acquisition databases.

  • AIR – Acquisition Information Repository (AIR account required).  Access milestone documents for ACAT I and some lower ACAT programs.

  • EVA – Earned Value Analysis (DAMIR account required).  See earned value trends.

  • Affordability – Report and analyze program affordability data.

  • SAR/MAR – Selected Acquisition Report/Major Automated Information System (MAIS) Annual Report (DAVE account required).  Access authoritative copies of submitted SARs and MARs in PDF format.

  • O&E – Obligations and Expenditures.  Compare obligations and expenditures.

  • MME – Minimum/Maximum/Economical Production Rate (DAVE account required).  View production efficiency assessments of equipment procurements projected in the President’s Budget. 

  • ADS – Acquisition Data Sets (DAVE account required).  Use Curated data sets to analyze programs and portfolios.

  • EVM-CR – Earned Value Management-Central Repository (EVM-CR account required).  Leverage centralized reporting, collection, and distribution of earned value data.

  • CADE – Cost Assessment Data Enterprise (CADE account required).  Access data and visualizations to support cost analysis.

Cost/Data Books

THe following reference books are available in the Library or online, if a URL is provided below.

Other DOD Acquisition Sites

Service Acquisition Sites

This is a very selective list.