6. JCIDS Document Review, Validation and Approval Process. The staffing process prepares the document for review by the lead FCB and validation and approval by the appropriate authority. JCIDS documents will be submitted into and staffed through the Joint Staff KM/DS tool. This staffing includes ORD submitted during the six-month transition period following the effective date of this instruction. The first step in the review process is the determination of the Joint Potential Designator (JPD).
a. Based on the content of the submission, the Joint Staff, J-8, Deputy Director for Joint Warfighting Capability Assessments (DDJWCA) will assign a JPD of "JROC Interest," "Joint Impact," "Joint Integration," or "Independent" to the document. This designation specifies JCIDS validation, approval and interoperability expectations.
(1) The JROC Interest designation will apply to all ACAT I/IA programs and programs designated as JROC Interest. All CRDs will be designated as JROC Interest.
(2) The Joint Impact designation will apply to ACAT II and below programs where the concepts and/or systems associated with the document affect the joint force such that an expanded review is appropriate in order to ensure that the most appropriate and effective solution is developed for the joint warfighter.
(3) The Joint Integration designation will apply to ACAT II and below programs where the concepts and/or systems associated with the document do not significantly affect the joint force and an expanded review is not required, but interoperability, intelligence or munitions certification is required.
(4) The Independent designation will apply to ACAT II and below programs where the concepts and/or systems associated with the document do not significantly affect the joint force, an expanded review is not required, and no certifications are required.
b. The JPD will establish the body responsible for final validation and approval of the document (see Table A-1), any certifications that may be required (such as National Security System and Information Technology System (NSS and ITS) interoperability and supportability, intelligence or munitions insensitivity) and the staffing distribution for the document. Details regarding the review and staffing process are provided in reference c.