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The first step in initiating the JCIDS process is to conduct a capabilities-based assessment (CBA) that identifies the capabilities required, performance criteria, and shortfalls of existing systems to meet those requirements. This process results in a Joint Capabilities Document (JCD) or Initial Capabilities Document (ICD) that validates the need to address a capability gap and verifies that affordable and technically feasible solutions exist to address those requirements. Following validation, the JCD or ICD becomes the basis for further analysis by the assigned action Service or agency. This analysis results in a Capabilities Development Document (CDD) that identifies the best technical approach. CDD approval by the JROC validates the key performance parameters of the selected approach, assesses the risk with respect to cost, schedule, and technology maturity, and assesses the affordability of the system based on available resources. JROC approval of the CDD is one of the key factors involved in the decision to initiate a program (pp. 2-3).

The JROC’s role during the entire process and in approving the ICD, CDD, and the Capabilities Production Document (CPD) is to make certain that the system being developed meets the required capability, does not stray from the original requirement as

defined in continually

the JCD or ICD, and remains affordable.

The JCIDS

refined

since

its

inception,

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the

information

required

at

process has

been

each level is

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scrutinized to ensure that effective and appropriate passage from the executive summary of the JCIDS process’s intent:

decisions

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The following

overview

document

summarizes the

The JCIDS process was designed to be a robust process to support the complex decisions required of the JROC and the acquisition community in identifying and procuring future capabilities. Recognizing that not all capabilities/weapon systems require the same level of consideration, the JCIDS process is tailorable. The JROC has identified several alternative paths to allow accelerated identification of capability gaps and potential solutions, and to allow them to enter into the JCIDS process at the appropriate stage to deliver those capabilities more rapidly. (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 2007, p. 3)

As this project will demonstrate, the flexibility offered by this tailorable approach was a key factor in the rapid execution of the MRAP program. The synchronization

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