Why are CTEIP funded T&E infrastructure projects not going through the formal DoD acquisition process (following the DoD 5000 series guidelines)? What are the advantages/disadvantages of CTEIP funded projects not going through the formal DoD acquisition process?
The DOD 5000 series address acquisition of materiel intended to solve Capability Gaps identified by the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) documented by CJCSI 3170.01H. JCIDS requires consideration of the full range of non-materiel (DOTmLPF-P) potential solutions to capability gaps before deciding on a materiel solution. The JCIDS process is overseen by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) made up of the vice-chiefs of the various services. Once a Materiel Development Decision (MDD) has been made, the resulting acquisition effort is driven by the DOD 5000 series. The Integrated Lifecycle Chart shows the relationship between JCIDS, DODI 5000 and the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) system used to fund DOD efforts. A link to this chart is: https://ilc.dau.mil/ . The acquisition lifecycle phases ultimately deliver weapons, items or capabilities put in the hands of users to accomplish military missions.
The Central Test & Evaluation Investment Program (CTEIP) on the other hand is intended to plan for and fund high-priority, critical, joint-use test capability projects. These projects range from short-term studies of new technology to the development of new full-scale test capabilities. To achieve these objectives, CTEIP funds three categories of projects: Joint Improvement and Modernization (JIM) projects; Resource Enhancement Project (REP) projects and Threat Systems (TS) projects. The JIM portfolio funds the development and improvement of multi-Service test capabilities that are critically needed for testing complex and sophisticated advanced weapon, sensor, and command and control (C2) systems. JIM projects must be developmental in nature and must exhibit a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 6 (technology already demonstrated in a relevant environment) or greater to be considered for funding. The CTEIP process delivers test capabilities used to help determine if the weapons, items or capabilities acquired under DODI 5000 work.
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In short, DODI 5000 articulates how weapon systems are acquired, CTEIP planning and execution guidance directs how test capabilities (needed to determine if those weapon systems work) are acquired.