Traditionally, the acquisition process was said to be supported by three pillars: cost, schedule, and performance. We now recognize that these pillars must stand on a foundation of strong security to enable the development of uncompromised products and services critical to our nation's defense and economic well-being. We must prioritize and cultivate a culture of security by applying an intelligence-led, threat-driven, asset-focused mindset to critical technology protection. Just as acquisitions professionals will need to understand security fundamentals, security professionals must also become knowledgeable and informed about the acquisitions process.

The Defense Acquisition University and the Center for Development of Security Excellence are partnering to improve the acquisition community's knowledge and application of security best practices. Likewise, we are partnering to improve the security community's knowledge and understanding of the acquisition process, to include supply chain risk management and lifecycle logistics. The goal is to leverage, promote, and ensure acquisition and security professionals have access to needed training and other resources to support security as the foundation of the acquisition process.

View the links below for access to training and other resources to help you understand and navigate the acquisition process.

Security - The Foundation of the Acquisition Process

Video - Deliver uncompromised through early consideration of security

Former DCSA Deputy Director, Carrie Wibben, provides a powerful example of the importance of placing security up front in the acquisition process to mitigate potential vulnerabilities before they can be exploited by our adversaries.

Audio Interview - DCSA Expanded Mission

Former DCSA Deputy Director, Carrie Wibben, speaks with DAU's Anthony Rotolo at length about the expanded mission set of the DCSA and the importance of critical technology protection. Audio transcript PDF icon