Acquisition Professional Managers provide senior level leadership over equipment/ weapon systems acquisition programs.
The acquisition management professionals are key to the entire systems acquisition process. They are accountable for taking a new validated requirement from concept exploration to the deployment of an operational piece of equipment. In broad terms, responsibilities involve keeping a program within budget, on schedule, ensuring the system to be fielded is logistically supportable. Specific responsibilities include all or part of the following tasks: program initiation, justification, and validation; cost analysis and estimation; system development program management; systems engineering management; test and evaluation management; integrated logistics support management; manpower and training systems management; life-cycle system support management; program financial management; providing planning, programming, and budgeting system support to acquisition program and appropriate USMN/USN appropriation sponsors; and program technical data and documentation management.