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DOTmLPF-P Change Recommendation (DCR)


A DOTmLPF-P Change Recommendation (DCR) (either Component-specific or Joint) proposes non-materiel capability solutions, which may serve as an alternative to, or complement of, materiel capability solutions. For non-materiel solutions that impact only the Sponsor organization, a DCR is not required as Components manage Component-specific DOTmLPF-P at their discretion. For non-materiel solutions that impact more than just the Sponsor organization, a Joint DCR is used to ensure all equities of all affected organizations addressed during review and validation.

Alternate Definition

A Joint Doctrine, Organization, Training, materiel, Leadership and education, Personnel, Facilities - Policy (DOTmLPF-P) Change Recommendation (DCR) is a document that recommends changes to existing joint elements when changes ARE NOT associated with a new defense acquisition program. (Source: Manual for Operation of the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS))

General Information

The Joint DCR is one of two possible outputs of solutions analysis. The DCR process is the method DoD mitigates capability gaps using non-materiel approaches.

DOTmLPF-P stands for:

- Doctrine: the way we fight, e.g., emphasizing maneuver warfare combined air-ground campaigns
- Organization: how we organize to fight; divisions, air wings, Marine-Air Ground Task Forces (MAGTFs), etc.
- Training: how we prepare to fight tactically; basic training to advanced individual training, various types of unit training, joint exercises, etc.
- materiel: all the “stuff” necessary to equip our forces, that is, weapons, spares, etc. so they can do operate effectively
- Leadership and education: how we prepare our leaders to lead the fight from squad leader to 4-star general/admiral; professional development
- Personnel: availability of qualified people for peacetime, wartime, and various contingency operations
- Facilities: real property; installations and industrial facilities (e.g. government owned ammunition production facilities) that support our forces
- Policy: common approaches and procedures

The format for the Joint DCR is found in the Manual for the Operation of the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS).