10 USC 2434 - Independent cost estimates; operational manpower requirements

(a) Requirement for Approval.— 
The Secretary of Defense may not approve the system development and demonstration, or the production and deployment, of a major defense acquisition program unless an independent estimate of the full life-cycle cost of the program and a manpower estimate for the program have been considered by the Secretary.
(b) Regulations.— 
The Secretary of Defense shall prescribe regulations governing the content and submission of the estimates required by subsection (a). The regulations shall require
(1) that the independent estimate of the full life-cycle cost of a program
(A) be prepared

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(i) by an office or other entity that is not under the supervision, direction, or control of the military department, Defense Agency, or other component of the Department of Defense that is directly responsible for carrying out the development or acquisition of the program; or
(ii) if the decision authority for the program has been delegated to an official of a military department, Defense Agency, or other component of the Department of Defense, by an office or other entity that is not directly responsible for carrying out the development or acquisition of the program; and
(B) include all costs of development, procurement, military construction, and operations and support, without regard to funding source or management control; and
(2) that the manpower estimate include an estimate of the total number of personnel required
(A) to operate, maintain, and support the program upon full operational deployment; and
(B) to train personnel to carry out the activities referred to in subparagraph (A).