The Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System: Its Impact on Air Force Acquisition Thirteen Years Later
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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Todays joint force followed a long and winding road before every Major Defense Acquisition Program MDAP requirement fell under the oversight of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staffs Joint Requirements Oversight Council JROC. By 2003, the JROCs processes evolved again with the publication of the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System JCIDS. A fully interoperable and integrated joint force was now on the horizon due to JCIDS, but what was the resultant impact of JCIDS on Air Force MDAP acquisition schedules This research compares the acquisition timelines of MDAP developed before and after 2003 to determine the impact JCIDS had on Air Force acquisition since then, good or bad. Using an evaluation framework, this research compares the time required for Air Force acquisition programs to declare Initial Operational Capability after successfully achieving program initiation at Milestone B or equivalent. Results are presented and analyzed according to the Air Force Program Executive Officer responsible for each acquisition. Finally, this paper provides conclusions on where JCIDS impact is most prevalent, and provides recommendations to improve JCIDS now as well as reduce the joint forces operational risk in the future.
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