This Directive establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for acquisition programs that provide capabilities to fulfill urgent operational needs and other quick reaction capabilities that can be fielded in less than two years.

DoDI 5000.81, “Urgent Capability Acquisition,” December 31, 2019 is published here and the short policy prelude follows:

Policy

a. It is DoD’s highest priority to provide warfighters involved in conflict or preparing for imminent contingency operations with the capabilities needed to overcome unforeseen threats, achieve mission success, and reduce risk of casualties, as described in DoDD 5000.71.

b. The estimated cost for acquisition programs that provide capabilities to fulfill urgent operational needs and other quick reaction capabilities that can be fielded in less than 2 years must not exceed $525 million in research, development, and test and evaluation, or $3.065 billion for procurements in Fiscal Year 2020 constant dollars.