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quickly validate a capability gap and identify a suitable materiel solution. Constrained by the calendar-driven PPBES process, however, the acquisition process may be unable to make the procurement until the next budget cycle is complete. This process can take up to two years, depending on what time of year the need is identified. Because of this time lapse, JCIDS is unresponsive to immediate needs unless funds are made available through non-standard means such as reprogramming actions or emergency supplemental appropriations.

Figure 2.

Major Decision Support Systems (From Nalwasky, 2007, Slide 5)

The JCIDS process was developed not only to identify joint warfighting requirements but also to prioritize them. While the central objective of JCIDS is to attend to the shortfalls of joint operations as defined by combatant commanders, the primary objective is to ensure that warfighters receive what is needed to accomplish the mission. The decision authority for the capabilities requirements is the JROC, which reviews,

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and validation is a key factor in the milestone decision authority’s decision a development program (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 2007, pp. 2-3).

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