What is critical thinking as it relates to acquisition in the Department of Defense (DoD)? I think most of us understand critical thinking in our daily lives as the use of deep thinking to tackle problems. But what does it really mean in terms of DoD acquisition? I believe it is related primarily to understanding the “why” of what we do on a daily basis rather than focusing on the “what” of what we do. In other words, we need to fully understand the thinking that went behind the policy and procedures that we follow regularly. Most of us go through the processes and procedures because we have to, not because we understand fully why we should be doing them.