Update on DoD Software Acquisition Pathway Policy

Update on DoD Software Acquisition Pathway Policy

 Sean Brady
 Lead for the Software Acquisition Pathway at the Office of   the Secretary of Defense
 Mr. Sean Brady serves as the Lead for the Software   Acquisition Pathway at the Office of the Secretary of   Defense.  For two years prior to returning to the OSD staff,   he served as the Learning Director for Software Acquisition   at the Defense Acquisition University.  As a committed, demanding, and innovative technical expert involved in changing the competitive calculus through advanced software capabilities for our warfighters, Sean leads strategy to transform DoD’s practices, competencies, training, and workforce—and accelerate the adoption of modern, commercial software development practices across DoD, within the DAU curriculum, and across the nation’s industrial base.  


Within the Department of Defense, Big “A” Acquisitions is adapting to speed delivery of capability in the Information Environment to increase lethality of warfighters and speed delivery of government services to the end-user.  The Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF) – specifically, the Software Acquisition Pathway – offers a streamlined, flexible and more responsive means of delivering critical capabilities to operational users at the speed of relevance.  Mr. Brady will update our community on the current status of the Software Acquisition Pathway policy, key enabling capabilities, and describe the key attributes and expected benefits of adopting and adapting these modern software development principles to the DoD.

DoD released an interim policy in early January 2020 entitled Software Acquisition Pathway Interim Policy and Procedures. That memorandum indicated that the interim policy will be replaced through the publication of a DoD Instruction within a year of the interim policy. Click here to view that memorandum.  

This session will be open to PSC members only. There is no charge for this event, but advance registration is required. If you have any comments, or would like to submit questions prior to this event for Mr. Brady, please contact Ryan McDermott, Vice President, Defense & Intelligence, at mcdermott@pscouncil.org.

Ryan P. McDermott
Vice President, Defense and Intelligence 
Ryan McDermott is the Vice President for Defense and  Intelligence for the Professional Services Council (PSC). Prior to PSC, he served as Principal Director for Manufacturing and  Industrial Base Policy in the Department of Defense. Ryan is a graduate of the United States Military Academy. He holds a  MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business and a MA  in Security Studies from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

September 29, 2020


1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Free for members
Closed to nonmembers


The Defense and Intelligence Council (D&IC) leads PSC’s activities relating to the intelligence community, the military services, and the defense agencies. The D&IC is the principal venue for PSC members to interface with key government officials, provide input on acquisition policy issues, and shape upcoming procurements in the defense and intelligence sector.ks toward an outcome-oriented federal services acquisition process through regular meetings, timely programs, and various other avenues.

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