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To make candid, incisive debate possible,
the JROC has refocused its meetings to be
more like those of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
(JCS) in their secure conference room
known as "the tank."
Whereas JROC meetings used to com-
prise "five four-stars who are trying to
have a discussion with a cast of thousands
behind them," Stapp said, now only the
principals are invited: the five voting
members---the Vice Chairman of the JCS,
who chairs the JROC, and the four ser-
vice Vice Chiefs of Staff---and one guest
each, as well as the statutory advisors to
the committee---the Under Secretary of
Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and
Logistics (USD(AT&L)); USD for Policy;
USD (Comptroller); Director, Opera-
tional Test and Evaluation; and Director,
Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation.
The purpose is to allow for as much trade
space as possible, Stapp said. "Anything
that touches [a particular] mission, the
JROC's going to look at, every single
capability," to determine the appropriate
levels of risk and investment in program
requirements, he said. Similarly, the Vice
Chairman reserves the right at any time
to reevaluate a requirement if a program
is over budget and behind schedule, Stapp
said. While the JROC does not control
acquisition funds, it can decertify require-
ments, in consultation with USD(AT&L).
The JROC wants to look at all possible
alternatives when reviewing capabilities,
as well as nonmaterial solutions, such as
changes in doctrine or tactics, techniques,
and procedures, Stapp said. Across the
board, the JROC will ask, "Is there an
opportunity for us to harvest money? The
key in the Department right now is har-
In addition to Urgent Operational Needs
and Joint Urgent Operational Needs
Statements, the JROC has opened a third
avenue of requirements determination,
Stapp said: Joint Emerging Operational
Needs, with a horizon of up to five years,
to be validated by the Vice Chairman.
All documentation for requirements will
be subject to limits on length, Stapp said.
The Joint Capabilities Integration and
Development System (JCIDS) already
has these, he noted. "We just don't bother
to follow our own rules. We are no lon-
ger looking for 100 percent fidelity on
every problem set" in documents, he said.
"We're going to handle it like an RFP. You
exceed the page count, and it gets kicked."
While Stapp acknowledged that "within
the requirements community, it's going to
be chaos for a while" as people get used to
changes in the JROC process, an overarch-
ing message of the changes is that "we own
the process. It should be a slave to us. We
reserve the right to change the process how-
ever we want" to ensure valid requirements
based on good information regarding cost,
schedule, and performance, he said.
"JROCs are going to be like snowflakes.
There are not going to be any two that are
the same," Stapp said.
Asked what program managers need to
do to prepare for this more fluid JROC
process, Stapp said, "go through their pro-
gram very thoroughly. ... determine are
you on cost, are you on schedule. We're
saying, tee up your issue. If you think this
is important, if you think this fills a warf-
ighting gap, tee up, because our job is to
figure out how important it is."
The JROC is also looking for proposed
ways to scale back requirements if pos-
sible with a reasonable degree of risk, and
for possible joint solutions, Stapp said.
"We want everybody looking at these,"
especially in the area of information tech-
nology. "We want to start forcing more
joint solutions. If you're facing the same
threat, you're going to go to the same
system. We are not going to do unique
systems for each service anymore. It is
way, way too expensive."
MARGARET C. ROTH is the Senior Editor
of Army AL&T Magazine. She holds a B.A.
in Russian language and linguistics from the
University of Virginia. Roth has more than
a decade of experience in writing about the
Army and more than two decades' experience
in journalism and public relations.
WE'RE SAYING, TEE UP YOUR ISSUE.
IF YOU THINK THIS IS IMPORTANT,
IF YOU THINK THIS FILLS A
WARFIGHTING GAP, TEE UP,
BECAUSE OUR JOB IS
TO FIGURE OUT HOW
IMPORTANT IT IS.
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