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    What certifications are required to support our integration of this radio aboard our vehicle? Specifically, I know of only the Spectrum Certification and the requirement for an ATO (Cybersecurity) as it applies to the radio. The radio has already received an NSA Type 1 Encryption certification (IA) and has gone through JITC certification testing and passed (we have the JITC certification paperwork). We are also going to look at ESOH as a part of the radio integration into the vehicle (for both radio and the integration effort). I am looking for a Checklist (if one exists) that specifically calls out the certifications that I need for this ECP/modification. Also what directive/specification/etc. applies that certification. Note response interval of one week. ASAP/sooner the better is more appropriate. Thanks for your assistance


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    DODI 5000.02 ENCLOSURE 1 contains a very good spreadsheet of requirements for acquisition programs (including many required certifications).  Here is a link to the current DODI 5000.02 document.
     
    http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/500002_dodi_2015.pdf
     
    Although you indicate that your effort is a modification, this matrix contains a lot of information that should apply.  At the end of the day, certifications are the domain of the certification authority.
     
    In addition, ENCLOSURE 3, SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, Section 4 of 5000.02 addresses SYSTEMS ENGINEERING TRADE-OFF ANALYSES.  This section addresses areas of analysis that may drive your approach (including some certifications).
     
    You should also consider the certification information in Chapter 3 of the Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG):
     
    CH 3–2.6 Certifications
    Certifications provide a formal acknowledgment by an approval authority that a system or program meets specific requirements. Certifications, in many cases, are based on statute or regulations and drive systems engineering (SE) planning (i.e., a program may not be able to test or deploy the capability without certain certifications). Used throughout the acquisition life cycle, certifications reduce program risk and increase understanding of the system. Certain specific certifications are required before additional design, integration, network access, or testing can take place. For example, airworthiness certifications need to be in place before an aircraft can begin flight testing. Often programs insufficiently plan for the number of required certifications. Insufficient planning for certifications can have a negative impact on program costs and schedule.

    Obtaining the various certifications can be a lengthy process. As a result, the Program Manager (PM) should ensure that the time necessary to obtain any required certification is factored into technical planning. By planning for the activities required to achieve the necessary certifications, the PM and Systems Engineer can ensure that development of the system continues uninterrupted while the program meets all system certification requirements. Early planning allows the Systems Engineer and technical team to begin interacting with certification authorities, which sets the foundation for communication throughout the development of the system.

    The Systems Engineering Plan (SEP) Outline requires programs to provide a certification matrix that identifies applicable technical certifications and when they are required during the acquisition life cycle. Programs should include certification activities and events in the Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) and the Integrated Master Plan (IMP).
    A non-exhaustive list of certifications is available on the DASD(SE) website. Furthermore, PMs and Systems Engineers should consult both Joint and Service-specific domain experts to determine other certifications that may be required.
     

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