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    What is the Requirements Management Process for Department of Defense to certify its aircraft to operate in civilian airspace? and What is the DOD process for the Defense Department to self- cerfify it's aircraft to operate in domestic and foreign civil airspace? and Since the Defense Department has authority to self-certify its aircraft, How does those certifications address requirements for operational approvals in domestic and foreign civil airspace?


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    1)  The JCIDS Manual has no provision for a Requirements Management process for the DoD to certify its aircraft to operate in civilian airspace.
    2)  Department of Defense Directive 5030.61, dated 24 May 2013 and revised 25 June 2015 establishes the DoD airworthiness policy. “All aircraft and air systems owned, leased, operated, used, designed, or modified by DoD must have completed an airworthiness assessment in accordance with Military Department policy.” Reference: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/503061p.pdf.
    3)  The ACQuipedia article: https://dap.dau.mil/acquipedia/Pages/ArticleDetails.aspx?aid=345ac7b2-f128-4bd1-8b02-d05a521578c4 discusses Airworthiness & Airworthiness Certification.

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