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    Once Operational Test is complete, is there a documented process (instructions and procedures) to declare FOC? Is it a request by the Acquisition Program Office to the MDA or to the approver of the CPD (CNO), or the Operational user (USSTRATCOM) of the system?


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    Because there are so many requirements such as training and support that are not a part of the acquisition process, declaring Initial operational capability (IOC) as well as full operational capability (FOC) is done solely by the operational user.  The decision is based on Service regulations and Command guidance.  There is no role for the acquisition process to play in declaring FOC.  

     

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