Net-Ready Key Performance Parameter: A Measurable, Testable, and Operationally Relevant Means of Assessing Joint Interoperability
JOINT INTEROPERABILITY AND ENGINEERING ORGANIZATION FORT HUACHUCA AZ JOINT INTEROPERABILITY TEST CENTER
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The Net-Ready Key Performance Parameter NR-KPP was formalized in the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction CJCSI 6212.01C dated November 20, 2003. Since that time, CJCSI 6212.01 has undergone two major revisions resulting in the current CJCSI 6212.01E dated December 15, 2008 CJCSI 2008. With each revision, the NR-KPP has grown in size and complexity resulting in both confusion and anxiety for program managers across the Department of Defense DoD. Arguments have been made that the NR-KPP is neither measurable nor testable. Additionally, it is often viewed as not being operationally relevant. The fact that Net-Ready is not a traditional KPP in structure has often been a source of confusion as well. In order for systems in the Department to be secure, interoperable, and able support the mission at hand, it is critical that there is a clear understanding of what the NR-KPP is, how to implement it, and how to test, evaluate, and certify for Joint Interoperability in accordance with the CJCSI 6212.01E. Interoperability policy and guidance Governing the Joint Interoperability Certifier role are several policies, the most important of which is Title 10, Section 2223, of the United States Code, which gives the DoD Chief Information Officer CIO the responsibility of ensuring interoperability of information technology and national security systems. The certification role has been delegated to Joint Interoperability Test Command JITC by the DoD CIO. From a practical standpoint, however, the CJCSI 6212.01E is the instruction that is most referenced with respect to roles and responsibilities for joint interoperability evaluation and certification within the Department. The JITC serves as DoDs sole Joint Interoperability Certifier, in addition to their role as one of five DoD Operational Test Agencies OTA. JITC also provides in the field support with any interoperability-related issues through the JITC Hotline 1-800-LET-JITC.
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