The New Joint Capabilities Integration Development System (JCIDS) and Its Potential Impacts on Defense Program Managers

By David F. Matthews

The June 2003 release of the radically revised CJCSI 3170.01C and CJCSM 3170.01 promulgating the new Joint Capabilities Integration Development System (JCIDS) literally turned the legacy Requirements Generation System (RGS) upside-down. The decades-old threat-driven, bottom-up development process of warfare materiel requirements was summarily replaced by a revolutionary, capabilities-driven, top-down process.

Historically, the service-unique requirements development processes and organizations and their entrenched institutional memories had been forcibly altered, with the imposition of the Joint ...

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