Critical technologies are
|“||those [technologies] that may pose major technological risk during development, particularly during the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of acquisition.||”|
"Technology elements are considered critical if they are new, novel, and the system being developed or acquired depends on them to meet its performance requirements within defined cost and schedule parameters."
- ↑ DAU Glossary of Defense Acquisition Acronyms and Terms (14th ed. July 2011).
- ↑ GAO Technology Readiness Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Evaluating the Readiness of Technology for Use in Acquisition Programs and Projects, at 52-53.