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    What organization is responsible for BOIP development support ACAT I capability?


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    The short answer is the U.S. Army Force Management Support Agency (USAFMSA) develops the BOIP based on BOIP feeder data (BOIPFD) supplied by the “materiel developer” (for an Army ACAT I program, this is the Program Office).  The BOIP is ultimately approved at Army staff level by the Army G3/G5/G7.

    The long answer is found in AR 71-31, 1 August 2013. Paragraph 1-5, Force Development Process. 
    Excerpt provided below:

    1-5. The Force Development Process
    a.  Force management is the overall framework on which the Army is raised, maintained, and sustained. Force development, a subprocess of force management, determines organizational and materiel requirements and translates them into time-phased programs and force structure to accomplish Army missions and functions (this is the creation of forces).

    b.  The Force Development Process (figure 1-1) is the five-step process used to identify requirements, build organizational models, define the total force structure required to meet the National Military Strategy, and document authorizations.

    c.  After the first phase is initiated by the Army's concept framework, each phase of the process relies on a product from the previous one.

    (1)  Phase 1: Develop capabilities. U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) refines the guidance it receives to determine the best way to bridge a capability gap, then produces a unit reference sheet (URS) for an organization, or an initial capabilities document (ICD)/capability development document (CDD) for materiel (see AR 71-9 ).

    (2)  Phase 2: Design organizations. TRADOC conducts the force design update (FDU) process to determine requirements for doctrinally correct organizations. TRADOC submits the FDU to HQDA for staffing and approval. For materiel, the materiel developer produces basis of issue plan (BOIP) feeder data (BOIPFD). The BOIPFD is based on concept of employment/basis of issue guidance from the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS), capability document, or capability production document (CPD) describing operational attributes of a materiel solution. TRADOC uses the JCIDS process and analysis of alternatives to determine requirements for materiel solutions; the CDD/CPD is submitted to Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) for staffing and Army Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) approval.

    (3)  Phase 3: Develop organizational models. The FDU serves as the basis for developing organizational models. The U.S. Army Force Management Support Agency (USAFMSA), a field operating agency of Deputy Chief of Staff (DCS), G-3/5/7 (DAMO-FMZ), develops the FDU into a table of organization and equipment (TOE) (see chapter 5 of this regulation). For materiel, USAFMSA receives the BOIPFD from the materiel developer and then develops it into a BOIP.

    (4)  Phase 4: Determine organizational authorizations. The TOE with all of its associated BOIPs provide the basis for determining organizational authorizations. In total Army analysis (TAA) (see AR 71-11), the Army determines the proper mix of units to be built from the TOE. The resulting Army Structure Memorandum directs which type units will comprise each of the Army's manned components over the program and establishes the program objective memorandum (POM) force.

    (5)  Phase 5: Document organizational authorizations. The Army Structure Memorandum provides the basis for documenting organizational authorizations (see chapter 8 of this regulation).

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