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Capability Development Document (CDD)

AAC engineers from multiple disciplines help the PM develop this document that captures the information necessary to develop a proposed program, normally using an evolutionary acquisition strategy. The CDD outlines an affordable increment of militarily useful, logistically supportable, and technically mature capability. The CDD may define multiple increments if there is sufficient definition of the performance attributes (key performance parameters, key system attributes, and other attributes) to allow approval of multiple increments.

It is vital that the science and technology, user, and system developer communities collaborate to obtain agreement on a proposed solution that is affordable, militarily useful, and based on mature demonstrated technology. To guide the preliminary design activities, the components should develop a draft Capabilities Development Document (CDD) approved at the component level. This draft CDD will become the basis for the formal CDD submitted for validation to support Milestone B.

JROC approval of the CDD becomes one of the key factors in the final decision by the milestone decision authority (MDA) to initiate a development program at Milestone B and supports performance trades by the PM during the Engineering and Manufacturing Development and Demonstration (EMDD) acquisition phase.


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