Joint Staffing Designator (JSD)
DAU GLOSSARY DEFINITION
A designation assigned by the Joint Staff Gatekeeper based on actual/potential Acquisition Category (ACAT) and Joint Staff equities (necessity of specific endorsements, leadership guidance, or predecessor document JSD). The JSD sets the staffing path and timeline for the document and identifies the validation authority. According to the JCIDS Manual, there are three categories of JSDs: Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) Interest, Joint Capabilities Board (JCB) Interest, and Joint Information.
The Joint Staffing Designator (JSD) is a designation the Joint Staff Gatekeeper assigns to DoD capability requirement documents to determine staffing and validation levels. There are three JSDs that are described in more detail below. The JSD sets the staffing path and timeline for the document and identifies the validation authority. Capability requirements documents (Initial Capabilities Document (ICD), IS-ICD, Joint Doctrine, Organization, Training, materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel, Facilities-Policy (DOTmLPF-P) Change Recommendation (DCR), Capability Development Document (CDD), or IS-CDD) with a JSD of Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) or Joint Capabilities Board (JCB) Interest are reviewed and validated in accordance with the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) Manual. One exception is that Special Operations Peculiar (SO-P) documents or joint Cyberspace Operations (CO) capability requirements assigned a JSD of JCB Interest or below are reviewed and validated in accordance with USCYBERCOM Cyber Capability Integration and Development System (C-CIDS), and USSOCOM Directive 71-4, Special Operations Forces Capabilities Integration and Development System (SOFCIDS) respectively.
JROC Interest: Applied to capability requirements documents that have performance attributes considered critical or essential to ensure joint interoperability and are necessary to fulfill a capability gap(s) of more than one armed force, agency or entity of the DoD. JROC Interest is used for documents where the intended level of joint oversight cannot be satisfied by assignment of a lower level JSD. The JROC is the validation authority for JROC Interest documents.
JCB Interest: Applied to capability requirements that have performance attributes considered critical or essential to ensure joint interoperability and are necessary to fulfill a capability gap(s) of more than one armed force, agency or entity of the DoD. JCB Interest is used for capability requirements documents where the intended level of oversight does not meet the JROC threshold and cannot be satisfied by assignment of a lower level JSD.
Joint Information: Applied to all capability requirements documents that do not need Joint Staff certifications or endorsements and are below the level of JCB Interest. The Sponsor organization has independent validation authority for Joint Information documents and responsibility for applicable certifications and endorsements. Any applicable waivers will be published for visibility. The Service Gatekeeper will be responsible for ensuring timely communication with the Joint Staff Gatekeeper regarding the status of the document and will provide the Joint Staff Gatekeeper a copy of the validated capability requirements document and associated validation memorandum when complete..
The JSD is a mechanism that helps the Joint Staff Gatekeeper manage the overall flow of capability requirement documents and other related issues into and out of the JCIDS process. This management includes staffing and validation, ensuring stakeholder visibility into documents and issues validated under delegated validation authorities, and supporting other activities of the JCIDS process. All capabilities, regardless of JSD, should consider interoperability within and across the joint force to include joint force enablers.