5.6. The Heads of the DoD Components shall:
5.6.1. Ensure the requirements of this Directive are
implemented, including the establishment of procedures for: the development,
coordination, review, and verification of IT and NSS interoperability and
supportability requirements; IT and NSS acquisition or procurement; and
testing within respective functional areas.
5.6.2. Ensure interoperability and supportability capabilities
are designed, developed, tested, evaluated, and incorporated into all DoD
Component IT and NSS. When necessary, recommend tradeoffs among operational
effectiveness, operational suitability, and IT and NSS interoperabilty and
supportability to USD(AT&L), the DoD CIO, the Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, and U.S. Joint Forces Command.
5.6.3. Ensure IT and NSS interoperability and supportability
requirements are identified and accommodated in respective DoD Components'
budgets. When necessary, propose alternative programmatic, technical and
funding solutions to meet IT and NSS interoperability and supportability
shortfalls to USD(AT&L), the DoD CIO, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, and U.S. Joint Forces Command.
5.6.4. Implement procedures to ensure the use of DoD JTA,
Common Operating Environment (COE) technical guidance, and COE technology
for programs under the DoD Components' cognizance.
5.6.5. Ensure test and evaluation plans are prepared for all
IT and NSS acquisitions and procurements.
5.6.6. Develop procedures for all IT and NSS acquisitions and
procurements to document, manage, evaluate, and report on IT and NSS
interoperability throughout a system's life using a program support or
5.6.7. Provide results of all developmental and operational
joint interoperability assessments, tests and evaluations to USD(AT&L),
the DoD CIO, DOT&E, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and U.S.
Joint Forces Command.