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JOINT FORCES COMMAND NORFOLK VA
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At the turn of this century, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld identified a problem with DoDs system of developing and delivering joint warfighting capabilities There wasn t one. The Services were generating requirements for weapon systems and programs they wanted, but the combatant commanders who, under federal law, are actually authorized to command multiple Service forces in military operations had no voice. The system that emerged to correct this deficiency was called the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System JCIDS. As DoD policy, JCIDS has certainly helped to correctly align the requirements-generation process with the way the military actually fights as a joint force. But JCIDS is more than policy it is also an analytical process. The inventors of JCIDS, in effect, asserted a theory of requirements development and acquisition that has come to be known generally as capabilities-based analysis. The problem is that capabilities-based reality has never quite lived up to capabilities-based theory.
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