2. Assessment Procedure Overview. Documents submitted by
combatant commands/Services/agencies will be evaluated early in the lifecycle
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. To support the interoperability certification process, J-6
requests technical assessments from DISA, Services and other DOD
b. USJFCOM, as the joint force integrator, will review all ICDs,
CDDs, CPDs and ISPs.
c. Combatant commanders are invited to review and comment on all
JCIDS documents during the J-8 (JROC) formal review. During this review,
combatant commanders should review these documents for interoperability
concerns and include interoperability related comments in the response to
J-8. All interoperability comments submitted to the KM/DS tool will be
identified in the KM/DS Comment Matrix by inserting “Interoperability
Comment” as the first entry in the COMMENT column. Only comments so marked
will be considered as part of the interoperability certification
d. J-8 staffs JCIDS documents using the J-8 KM/DS tool IAW references a and b. J-6 and OASD(NII) use
a DISA-managed electronic tool, the ISP Program Assessment Tool in JCPAT,
for the staffing, coordination, and compilation of assessment comments for
ISPs. Enclosure J provides more
information on the J-6 Assessment Tool.
e. J-6 interoperability certifications of capabilities and
capability documents and programs are conducted in four distinct stages.
(1) O-6 Level Review is the draft assessment for all types of
(2) Flag Level Review (for JROC Interest and Joint Impact JCIDS
documents and OSD Special Interest ISPs) or Certification Review Stage
(Joint Integration JCIDS documents and all non-OSD Special Interest ACAT
ISPs) review is the final assessment.
(3) FCB Draft (JROC Interest and Joint Impact JCIDS documents)
or Final stage (for Joint Integration JCIDS documents and all ISPs).
Interoperability and supportability certifications will be issued upon
successful adjudication of all comments from the previous two review
stages. PMs will submit the final or FCB Draft document along with the
adjudicated comments resolution matrix to the J-8 KM/DS tool (JCIDS
documents) or JCPAT (ISPs) for review and certification by J-6.
(4) Upon receipt of the interoperability or supportability
certification, PMs will post the completed and JROC/FCB or MDA approved
document to KM/DS (JCIDS documents) or JCPAT (ISPs) for
f. The suspense for completing Stage I documents for
certification is normally 25 sequential days from the transmittal date from
the J-8 RAD Action Officer (for JROC Interest and Joint Impact designated
programs) for staffing in the J-8 KM/DS Tool. The suspense date for Joint
Integration will normally be 25 sequential days from the date the Joint
Potential Designator (JPD) is set by the JCIDS Gatekeeper (references a and b). DISA will download
the applicable documents from KM/DS for all JROC Interest, Joint Impact and
Joint Integration programs for interoperability and supportability review.
The actual suspense date will be posted in the J-6 Assessment Tool.
g. The Stage II suspense is normally 21 sequential days.
h. The Stage III suspense is normally 15 sequential days after
JROC or MDA approval.
i. All DOD ISP originators and assessors (combatant commanders,
Services, agencies) will use the ISP Assessment Tool on JCPAT to submit ISP
documents and assessor comments to J-6 for all ISPs.
j. During Stages I and II, assessors will submit comments in the
(1) CRITICAL. A critical comment indicates
non-concurrence with the document until the comment is satisfactorily
resolved. Prior to submitting a critical comment for flag-level review, a
commenter is required to contact and coordinate with the document
submitter and the comment will require a planner level approval for
(2) SUBSTANTIVE. A substantive comment is provided
because a section in the document appears to be or is potentially
unnecessary, incorrect, misleading, confusing, or inconsistent with other
sections. A substantive comment not resolved in Stage I could result in a
critical comment during Stage II. Additionally, multiple substantive
comments could result in a critical comment and non-certification of the
(3) ADMINISTRATIVE. An administrative comment addresses
what appears to be a typographical, format, or grammatical
k. Formal comments will indicate the page and paragraph numbers
from the document and provide a rewrite recommendation and a