Joint Capabilities Integration & Development System (JCIDS) Process
- Overview: JCIDS Process
- Overview: Procurement Process
- Capabilities Based Assessment (CBA)
- Initial Capabilities Document (ICD)
- Capability Development Document
- Capability Production Document (CPD)
- Instruction: CJCSI 3170.01H
- Capabilities Based Assessment (CBA)
- Concept of Operations (CONOPS)
- DOTMLPF-P Analysis
- DOTMLPF-P Change Recommendation
- Force Protection KPP
- Functional Area Analysis (FAA)
- Functional Capabilities Board (FCB)
- Functional Configuration Audit (FCA) 
- Functional Needs Analysis (FNA)
- Functional Solutions Analysis (FSA)
- ICD or CDD Waiver Request
- Information Support Plan (ISP)
- Interoperability
- J8 Force Directorate
- JCIDS Gatekeeper
- JCIDS Process Flow Chart
- JCIDS Responsibilities
- JCIDS Studies Repository
- Joint Capability Tech Demonstration
- Joint Capabilities Board (JCB)
- Joint Capabilities Document (JCD)
- Joint Operations Concept (JOpsC)
- Joint Staff Responsibilities
- Joint Requirements Oversight Council
- Joint Requirements Prioritization
- Joint Urgent Operational Need (JUON)
- Key Interface Profiles
- Key Performance Parameters (KPP)
- Key System Attributes (KSA)
- Military Utility Assessment (MUA)
- Net-Ready KPP
- Non-Materiel Solution
- Post-Implementation Review (PIR)
- Post Independent Analysis
- Requirements Document Sequence
- Requirements Training & Certification
- Survivability Key Performance Parameter
- Sustainment KPP
- System Functional Review (SFR)
- System Requirements Review (SRR)
- System Threat Assessment
- System Verification Review (SVR)
- Systems Engineering Plan (SEP)
JCIDS Process
Capabilities Based Assessment (CBA)

DOTMLPF Analysis Initial Capabilities Document (ICD) Materiel Solutions Analysis (MSA) Phase Technology Development (TD) Phase Engineering, Manufacturing & Development (EMD) Phase Production and Deployment Phase Capability Development Document (CDD) Capability Production Document (CPD) Materiel Development Decision (MDD) Milestone A Milestone B Milestone C DOTMLPF Change Recommendation (DRC) JCIDS Process - Capabilities Based Assessment
                                                        Figure: CBA in the Acquisition/JCIDS Process

The Capabilities Based Assessment (CBA) is the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) analysis process. The CBA analysis process contains the Functional Area Analysis (FAA), Functional Needs Analysis (FNA) and Functional Solutions Analysis (FSA). The CBA provides recommendations to pursue a materiel or non-materiel solution to an identified capability gap that meets an established capability need. This analysis is meant to:  

The JCIDS analysis process leads to an approved Initial Capabilities Document (ICD) which is built upon the CBA. The CBA does not provide specific recommendations as to a particular materiel solution, but rather provides a more general recommendation as to the type of materiel solution (such as Information Technology system, incremental improvement to an existing capability, or an entirely new "breakout" or other transformational capability). In this way, the ICD can be used to establish boundary conditions for the scope of alternatives to be considered in the subsequent Analysis of Alternatives (AoA).

Capabilities Based Assessment (CBA) Users Guide, Version 2

The CBA should define the operational framework and the Combatant Commander’s priorities sufficiently to guide development of alternative materiel and sustainment solutions. It should also provide affordability advice to the Planning, Programing, Budget and Execution (PPBE) Process.

All CBAs are based on a framework of strategic guidance documents. The National Security Strategy (NSS), the National Strategy for Homeland Defense, the National Defense Strategy (NDS) and the National Military Strategy (NMS) provide the overarching description of the Nation’s defense interests, objectives, and priorities. In addition, the Guidance for the Development of the Force, the Guidance for the Employment of the Force, and the most recent Quadrennial Defense Review Report contain further refinement of objectives and priorities, and help provide a framework for a CBA. (JCIDS Manual Enclosure A)

AcqLinks and References:
- CJCS Instruction 3170.01H "Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System" - 10 Jan 12
- Capabilities Based Assessment (CBA) Users Guide, Version 2
- JCIDS Manual for the Operation of the JCIDS - 19 Jan 2012
- Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG) – Chapter 3.3.2
- JCIDS Process Flow Chart
- Website: DAU JCIDS Portal


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