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Functional Capabilities Board (FCB)

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The FCBs are boards in the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) structure below the Joint Capabilities Board (JCB) that provide review and assessment of Joint Capability Integration and Development System (JCIDS) documents and adjudication of lower-level issues within their designated portfolios prior to review by the JCB, review/adjust Joint prioritization established by the FCB Working Groups, and perform other activities at the direction of the JCB or the JROC. Current FCBs are: - Force Support (FS) - Battlespace Awareness (BA) - Force Application (FA) - Logistics (LOG) - Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4)/Cyber - Protection

Alternate Definition

The Functional Capabilities Board (FCB) is a permanently-established DoD body that is responsible for the organization, analysis, and prioritization of joint warfighting capabilities within an assigned functional area. The Functional Capabilities Board Working Group (FCB WG) is the analytical support for the FCBs. They perform the review and assessment of Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) documents, work with the sponsors to resolve issues, and make recommendations to the FCB.

General Information

FCBs support the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) by integrating stakeholder (Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), combatant commands, Services, Defense agencies, Joint Staff and other federal agencies) views in concept development, capabilities planning, and force development to ensure the US military can execute assigned missions.

FCBs provide assessments and recommendations that enhance capabilities integration, examine joint priorities among existing and future programs, assess program alternatives (including unclassified, collateral, compartmented and special access programs (SAPs)), minimize duplication of effort throughout the Services and provide oversight in the management of materiel and non-materiel changes that support the national defense and military strategies to achieve optimum effectiveness and efficiency of the Armed Forces.

Throughout the JCIDS analysis process, the FCBs provide oversight and assessment as appropriate to ensure the analysis takes into account joint capabilities, concerns, and approaches to solutions (see Manual for the Operation of the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS)). FCBs are also responsible for assessing capabilities, priorities, and tradeoffs across the range of functional areas using the Joint Capability Areas (JCAs) as an organizing construct. The FCBs may initiate Capabilities-Based Assessments (CBAs). The FCBs provide recommendations to the JROC. Each FCB will be supported by one or more O-6-led FCB working groups.

FCBs are established according to functional areas to assist the Joint Capabilities Board (JCB) and JROC. The JROC determines which FCBs will be established, disbanded or combined. The JROC also determines which specific area(s) are assigned to each FCB and the lead organization(s) responsible for sponsoring the FCB. The Gatekeeper (Vice Director, J-8 (VDJ-8)) approves FCB portfolios inside each functional area.

There are currently six chartered FCBs:

  1. C4/Cyber: J-6, 
  2. Battlespace Awareness: J-2, 
  3. Logistics: J-4, 
  4. Force Integration: J-8, 
  5. Protection: J-8, 
  6. Force Application: J-8,

Nominal FCB membership consists of representatives from the following organizational elements. Others may be invited, as necessary:

  • Military Services
  • Combatant Commands
  • Joint Staff
  • USD (Acquisition & Sustainment)
  • USD (Comptroller)
  • USD (Intelligence) (as required)
  • ASD (Networks and Information Integration)/DoD CIO
  • USecAF (Space) (as required)
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Director, Cost, Assessment and Program Evaluation
  • Mission Requirements Board Executive Secretary (as appropriate)