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JCIDS - Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System

The Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) is defined in CJCSI 3170.01H. JCIDS supports the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) and the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) in identifying, assessing, and prioritizing joint military capability needs as required by law. JCIDS identifies the capabilities by analyzing what is required across all functional areas to accomplish the mission.

The Joint Capabilities and Development System (JCIDS) addresses future needs. The JCIDS guides the development of new capabilities by changing

  • Policy
  • Doctrine
  • Organization
  • Trarining
  • Materiel
  • Leadership
  • Education
  • Personnel
  • Facilities

(grouped together in the acronym DOTMLPF).

JCIDS documents that require JROC approval are resource-informed, which means that these documents is to include a resource plan that includes potential tradeoffs. This requirement allows  the JCIDS to identify gaps and to identify redundant or unnecessary capabilitie for divestiture.  This divestiture enables DOD to reinvest resources against higher priorities.

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JCDS and Capabilities Based Planning (CBP)

The Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) fills the capabilities identification and validation functions for the Caabilities Based Planning (CBP) framework. JCIDS is a deliberate process to develop requirements so CBP develops capabilities for an adaptable force. One of the key functions of JCIDS is to prioritize capability gaps.

The acquisition system manages the programs and product support for materiel and non-materiel solutions. Remember how acquisition was once the sole purview of the individual Services - the Navy bought its own ships and aircraft; the Air Force bought its aircraft; the Army developed its weapons for land warfare. Although each individual Service will maintain its own acquisition command, every capability we acquire under the CBP framework must meet joint interoperability standards consistent with the Strategic Guidance.

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