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Accession Number ADA564398
Title Capability Disillusionment.
Publication Date Aug 2011
Media Count 6p
Personal Author M. F. Cochrane
Abstract At the turn of this century, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld identified a problem with DoD's system of developing and delivering joint warfighting capabilities: There wasn t one. The Services were generating requirements for weapon systems and programs they wanted, but the combatant commanders (who, under federal law, are actually authorized to command multiple Service forces in military operations) had no voice. The system that emerged to correct this deficiency was called the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS). As DoD policy, JCIDS has certainly helped to correctly align the requirements-generation process with the way the military actually fights as a joint force. But JCIDS is more than policy; it is also an analytical process. The inventors of JCIDS, in effect, asserted a theory of requirements development and acquisition that has come to be known generally as capabilities-based analysis. The problem is that capabilities-based reality has never quite lived up to capabilities-based theory.
Keywords Capabilities portfolios
Capabilities-based analysis
Capability gaps
Command and control systems
Communications networks
Computer networks
Computer programs
Decision making
Department of defense
Gap analysis
Information technology
Jcids(Joint capabilities integration and development system)
Joint military activities
Military capabilities
Military procurement
Portfolio decisions
Requirements development
Software engineering
Solution agnosticism

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 62B - Computer Software
62 - Computers, Control & Information Theory
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
45C - Common Carrier & Satellite
Corporate Author United States Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, VA.
Document Type Journal article
Title Note Journal article.
NTIS Issue Number 1303
Contract Number N/A

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