1. General. The Joint Staff J-6 performs interoperability requirements certification (MNSs, CRDs, ORDs); supportability certification (C4ISPs); and interoperability system validation.
a. J-6 Interoperability Requirements
Certification. This certification occurs prior to each acquisition milestone
(0, I, II, III).
(1) The J-6 certifies MNSs, CRDs, and ORDs regardless of ACAT level for conformance with joint NSS and ITS policy and doctrine and interoperability standards. The J-6 also certifies the interoperability KPP derived from a set of top-level IERs.
(2) As part of the review process, J-6 requests assessments from the Services, DISA, and DOD agencies. CINCs are required to review and comment on ACAT I/IA and JROC special interest requirements documents during the J-8 (JROC) formal review. CINCs are provided the opportunity to review and comment on ACAT II and below documents during the J-6 interoperability requirements certification process.
(3) USJFCOM, as the joint force integrator, will review and confirm the sufficiency of interoperability KPPs and IER matrices for all CRDs and ORDs regardless of ACAT. The J-6 forwards interoperability certification to the JROC for ACAT I/IA and JROC special interest programs or to the sponsoring DOD component for ACAT II and below programs.
(4) J-6 will forward unresolved interoperability issues to the MCEB or MIB for
resolution. The MCEB or MIB will return resolved interoperability issues to the
lead DOD component to complete JROC approval process. The MCEB and MIB will
ensure that unresolved issues resulting from interoperability assessments are
presented to the JROC for resolution (see Figure D-1).
b. Supportability Certification. The J-6 certifies to ASD (C3I) that C4ISPs, regardless of ACAT, adequately address NSS and ITS infrastructure requirements, the availability of bandwidth and spectrum support, funding, personnel, and identify dependencies and interface requirements between systems.
(1) As part of the review process, J-6 requests supportability assessments from DISA and DOD agencies. CINCs are provided the opportunity to review and comment on documents, regardless of ACAT, during the J-6 supportability certification process.
(2) J-6 conducts a supportability certification for C4ISPs prior to Milestone I, II, and III for submission to ASD (C3I) as part of the C4ISP review process.
(3) In a related but separate process, J-2 provides certification of intelligence supportability.
c. J-6 Interoperability System Validation. The J-6 validation is intended to provide total life-cycle oversight of warfighter interoperability requirements. The J-6 validates that the interoperability KPP derived from the set of top-level IERs approved in the CRD (if applicable), ORD, and C4ISP was adequately tested and testing results certified during the DISA (JITC) interoperability system test certification. Fifteen days after receipt of the DISA (JITC) interoperability system test certification memorandum, the J-6 will issue an interoperability system validation memorandum to the respective Services, agencies, and developmental and operational testing organizations.
2. Assessment Procedure Overview. Documents submitted by C/S/As will be evaluated early in the life cycle of a system and at all acquisition milestones to help the developer ensure that a system or program will successfully achieve system test certification and eventual fielding.
a. During the interoperability certification process, J-6 requests technical assessments from DISA, Services, and other DOD agencies.
b. USJFCOM, as the joint force integrator, will review and confirm the sufficiency of interoperability KPPs and IER matrices for all CRDs and ORDs regardless of ACAT.
c. CINCs are required to review and comment on ACAT I/IA and JROC special interest requirements documents during the J-8 (JROC) formal review. CINCs are provided the opportunity to review and provide warfighter comments during the J-6 interoperability requirements certification process.
d. J-6 uses a DISA-managed electronic tool, the J-6 assessment tool, to enhance the staffing, coordination, and compilation of assessment comments (Figure D-2). Additional information on the J-6 assessment tool is explained in Appendix A to this enclosure.
(1) J-6 interoperability certifications of MNSs, ORDs, and CRDs are conducted in three distinct stages. J-6 supportability certifications of C4ISPs are conducted in two stages. ASD (C3I) is responsible for Stage III for C4ISPs.
(a) Stage I is the draft assessment for all ACATs of a MNS, ORD, CRD, or C4ISP.
(b) Stage II is the final assessment and certification of the same documents.
(c) Stage III is the posting of the JROC- or MDA-approved MNS, CRD, and ORD. Approved documents are filed in the J-6 assessment tool with the J-6 certification letter.
e. The suspense for completing a Stage I MNS, ORD, CRD, or C4ISP certification is 35 sequential days from electronic submission date to the J-6 assessment tool.
f. The Stage II suspense is 21 sequential days.
g. The Stage III suspense is 15 sequential days after JROC or MDA approval.
Figure D-2. Requirements and Acquisition Interface
h. J-6 interoperability and J-6 supportability certification approval authority for each stage is detailed in Table D-1.
Table D-1. J-6 Certification Approval Authority
i. All DOD requirements originators and assessors (C/S/As) will use the J-6 assessment tool to submit documents and assessor comments to J-6 on all MNSs, ORDs, CRDs, and C4ISPs.
j. During Stages I and II, assessor comments will be
categorized as detailed below.
k. Formal comments will indicate the page and paragraph numbers from the document and provide a rewrite recommendation and a rationale.
l. Document submitters may contact POCs identified in J-6 certification memorandum to discuss critical comments. Resolved critical comments must be incorporated in Stage II document. Stage I critical comments will be resolved during Stage II. Unresolved Stage II critical comments will be forwarded by J-6 to the MCEB or MIB for resolution.