6.6. IT and NSS Standards Development and Prescription
6.6.1. As the DoD CIO's Executive Agent, DISA is responsible for coordinating and integrating all DoD IT and NSS standards activities. DISA shall propose, coordinate among the DoD Components, and promulgate via the JTA, IT, and NSS standards that apply across the Department of Defense.
6.6.2. The DoD JTA improves FoS/SoS interoperability and supportability by identifying IT and NSS standards that facilitate exchange of IT services among systems, units or forces, to operate effectively together. DISA shall coordinate the development and periodically update the DoD JTA to reflect the most current IT and NSS standards adopted for DoD use.
18.104.22.168. JTA standards are mandated for all emerging or new IT and NSS and for changes to fielded capabilities that produce, use, or exchange information in any form electronically.
22.214.171.124. The DoD Components' use of JTA-mandated standards must consider the cost, schedule, or performance impacts. If the use of a JTA-mandated standard will negatively impact cost, schedule, or performance, a DoD CAE or cognizant official may grant a waiver from use. Waivers from JTA use shall not be used to waive Defense Information Systems Network or Defense Enterprise Computing Center usage. Waivers for non-ACAT programs require the concurrence of the DoD CIO/ASD(C3I) and the USD(AT&L). For mission-critical or mission-essential ACAT-designated programs, all granted waivers shall be submitted through the DoD CIO to the USD(AT&L) for review. In either case, concurrence can be assumed if no response is received within 2 weeks of the date of receipt. To ensure proper and timely consideration, all requests for a waiver shall state the cost, schedule, and performance impacts that will occur if the waiver is not granted, and any resulting operational limitations.
126.96.36.199. DISA shall assess whether FoS/SoS components conform to DoD JTA standards and shall regularly report the results to the USD(AT&L), the DoD CIO, the DOT&E, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the U.S. Joint Forces Command. The documentation of all standards used in the development of FoS/SoS components is also required for mission area integrated architecture development of technical architecture views.
188.8.131.52. Each DoD Component CAE is responsible for DoD JTA implementation, including compliance, planning, programming, and budgeting.
6.6.3. DISA shall review and assess all DoD Component-approved requirements documents, test plans, and C4I Support Plans involving IT and NSS, for standards conformance, incorporating inputs from the other DoD Components. These assessments shall be forwarded to the cognizant DoD CAE who shall address all highlighted issues. DISA shall also forward outstanding issues to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for resolution and/or make recommendations to the appropriate body (e.g., DAB, DoD AIC, DoD CIO Executive Board, MCEB, or MIB) during the program decision process. The following shall be considered during this assessment:
184.108.40.206. Standards implementation for IT and NSS interoperability with current or planned systems of the other DoD Components, or between one or more of the: DoD Components and joint, combined, and coalition forces; and where required, other U.S. Government Departments and Agencies.
220.127.116.11. Standards implementation for Communications Security (COMSEC), especially in cases of combined interoperability, shall be carefully considered.
18.104.22.168. Adherence to U.S. Federal and DoD standards, U.S.-ratified NATO STANAGS, and other international standards accepted for U.S. use.