A joint program is any acquisition
system, subsystem, component, or technology program with an acquisition
strategy that includes funding by more than one DoD Component during any
phase of a system's life cycle.
Requirements Authority shall review and validate ACAT I or ACAT IA MNSs and ORDs.
They shall recommend forming joint programs based on joint potential,
and recommend assignment of lead executive component to USD(AT&L)/ASD(C3I). The
Heads of the DoD Components shall also recommend forming joint programs,
as appropriate. The MDA shall make the decision to establish a joint
program, and designate the lead executive component, as early as possible
in the acquisition process.
C184.108.40.206. The DoD Components shall
periodically review their programs and requirements to determine the
potential for cooperation. They shall structure mission needs, operational
requirements, and program strategies to encourage and to provide an
opportunity for multi-Component participation.
C220.127.116.11. Joint programs
shall include programs with a designated acquisition agent, considered
the lead component, acting on behalf of one or more components, regardless
of the source of the designation (i.e., mutual agreement, statute,
DoD Directive, or USD(AT&L) or ASD(C3I)) decision.
C7.10.2. Memorandum of Agreement. A
Memorandum of Agreement shall specify the relationship and respective
responsibilities of the lead executive component and the other participating
components. The Memorandum of Agreement shall address, at minimum, the
following topics: system requirements, funding, manpower, and the approval
process for the ORD and other program documentation.
C7.10.3. Procedures. The following
guidance applies to joint programs:
C18.104.22.168. The USD(AT&L)/ASD(C3I),
with the advice and counsel of the Military Services and the JROC, shall
make the decision to assign a lead executive component for a joint
program. The assignment of a lead executive component shall consider the
C22.214.171.124.1. Demonstrated best
business practices including a plan for effective, economical and
efficient management of the joint program; and
C126.96.36.199.2. Demonstrated DoD
Component willingness to fund the core program, essential to meet joint
C188.8.131.52. The MDA shall consolidate
and co-locate joint programs at the lead executive component's program
office, to the maximum extent practicable.
C184.108.40.206. The CAE of a designated
acquisition agent given acquisition responsibilities shall utilize the
acquisition and test organizations and facilities of the Military
Departments to the maximum extent practicable.
C220.127.116.11. The designated lead
executive component shall select a single qualified PM for the designated
joint program. The selected joint PM is fully responsible and accountable
for the cost, schedule, and performance of the development system.
C18.104.22.168. If the joint program is a
consolidation of several programs with multiple DoD Component PMs, the
joint PM retains responsibility for overall system development and
C22.214.171.124. A designated joint program
shall have one quality assurance program, one program change control
program, one integrated test program, and one set of documentation and
reports (specifically: one joint program ORD, one C4ISP, one TEMP, one
C126.96.36.199. Documentation for decision
points and periodic reports shall flow only through the lead executive
component acquisition chain, supported by the participating components.
C188.8.131.52. The program shall use
inter-Component logistics support to the maximum extent practicable,
consistent with effective support to the operational forces and efficient
use of DoD resources.
C184.108.40.206. The MDA shall designate a
lead OTA to coordinate all operational test and evaluation. The lead OTA
shall produce a single operational effectiveness and suitability report
for the program.
C220.127.116.11. Unless statute, the
MDA, or a memorandum of agreement signed by all DoD Components
directs otherwise, the lead executive component shall budget for and manage the
common RDT&E funds for assigned joint programs.
C18.104.22.168. Individual DoD Components
shall budget for their unique requirements.
The DoD Components shall not terminate or substantially reduce participation
in joint ACAT ID programs without Requirements Authority review and
USD(AT&L) approval; or in joint ACAT IA programs without Requirements Authority
review and ASD(C3I) approval. The USD(AT&L) or ASD(C3I) may require a DoD
Component to continue some or all funding, as necessary, to sustain the
joint program in an efficient manner, despite approving their request to
terminate or reduce participation. Substantial reduction is defined as a
funding or quantity decrease of 50 percent or more in the total funding or
quantities in the latest President's Budget for that portion of the joint
program funded by the DoD Component seeking the termination or reduced