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The Traditional Government Procurement Process follows a predefined set of steps initiated by a Determination of Mission Need and ending with Demilitarization and Disposal.

Concept Exploration
Investigation into possible problem approaches and solutions. Basic Research is performed here.
Program Definition and Risk Reduction
Possible solutions to the problem have been identified. Work is to minimize the risk and maximize the likelihood of success. System Development occurs here.
Engineering and Manufacturing Development
Solution identified and selected for production. Producibility, maintainability are primary focus.
Production, Fielding/Deployment and Operational Support
Ship product, train users, ship spares, and, possibly, initiate Preplanned Product Improvements.

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