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Capabilities Development Document CDD

A Capability Development Document (CDD) is a document that captures the information necessary to develop a proposed program(s), normally using an evolutionary acquisition strategy. The CDD outlines an affordable increment of militarily useful, logistically supportable, and technically mature capability. The CDD supports a Milestone B decision review. The CDD format is contained in the CJCSM 3170.01 series.

Purpose of the CDD

The CDD is the sponsor's primary means of defining the authoritative, measurable, and testable capabilities warfighters need. The CDD captures the information necessary to deliver an affordable and supportable capability using mature technology within one or more increments of an acquisition strategy. The CDD must include a description of the Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel, and Facilities (DOTMLPF) and policy impacts and constraints.

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