James MacStravic
James MacStravic

Performing the Duties of
Under Secretary of Defense for AT&L


Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for AT&L


Welcome to the website of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (OUSD(AT&L)). The USD(AT&L) is the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary Defense for all matters concerning acquisition, technology, and logistics.

As legislated by Congress, the primary responsibilities of the USD(AT&L;) include:

  1. Supervising Department of Defense acquisition

  2. Establishing policies for acquisition (including procurement of goods and services, research and development, developmental testing, and contract administration) for all elements of the Department of Defense

  3. Establishing policies for logistics, maintenance, and sustainment support for all elements of the Department of Defense

  4. Establishing policies of the Department of Defense for maintenance of the defense industrial base of the United States.

In addition to performing the above functions, the USD(AT&L) has oversight responsibility for: military installations and their environment; operational energy plans and programs; major weapon systems; missile defense programs; space and intelligence programs; and nuclear and chemical and biological defense programs, including Nunn-Lugar programs and the nuclear forces.

To learn more about the individual components that comprise OUSD(AT&L), please visit the AT&L Offices Page.

The Latest

October 24, 2016

Performance of the Defense Acquisition System, 2016 Annual Report

This fourth annual report on the Performance of the Defense Acquisition System brings data-driven decision making to acquisition policy. The overall series presents strong evidence that the DoD has moved – and is moving – in the right direction with regard to cost, schedule, and quality of the products we deliver.

March 21, 2016

Annual Growth of Contract Costs for Major Programs in Development and Early Production

This report shows dramatic reductions in contracted costs during the Better Buying Power and Goldwater-Nichols eras. Modeling indicates these decreases are independent of budgetary reductions and a self-correcting cost-control behavior. Along with other data on total program cost growth, these results demonstrate progress in controlling program costs.

November 4, 2015

Eliminating Requirements Imposed on Industry Where Costs Exceed Benefits

This report supports AT&L’s Better Buying Power initiatives to maximize capabilities acquired with taxpayer money by examining instances of regulatory burdens or their implementation imposed on industry in order to eliminate unnecessary actions towards acquisition.

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