a. As they are developed and refined, strategic policy guidance, joint concepts and integrated architectures will provide a common construct for analysis to identify capability shortfalls or redundancies and compare alternatives for improving joint warfighting capabilities. Although efforts supporting the development and implementation of joint concepts and integrated architectures are not governed within the JCIDS process or this instruction, the construct for analysis will improve as these products are developed and matured. Future revisions to the JCIDS process will further incorporate the additional utility provided by joint concepts and integrated architectures. In the interim, the JCIDS process will leverage available products while aggressively promoting further development of joint concepts and integrated architectures.
b. The JCIDS analysis process identifies capability gaps, capability redundancies, assesses the risk and priority of the gaps and recommends the best approach (materiel and/or nonmateriel) or combination of approaches to address the gap(s). The collaborative analysis process should leverage the abilities and knowledge of all DOD Components and other resources, and contribute appropriately to the joint force commander's ability to most effectively deliver the desired effects.
c. Documents submitted in accordance with this instruction (ICDs, CDD, CPD and CRD) support the development and production of systems, FoS and SoS.
d. Throughout the process, proposals are evaluated to ensure that they are consistent with the joint force envisioned in strategic policy guidance documents, joint concepts and integrated architectures. When revolutionary new capabilities emerge that are not envisioned in the joint concepts, the process will examine how these new capabilities impact the existing construct and how the construct should be revised to optimize the new capability.