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Documents Referencing Distribution D CDRLs
9/20/2017 10:51:00 AM
Question: Why would these CDRLs not be listed under the references for Government Documents seeing that the USG is the owner (or approver?) of the CDRLs?
Answer: As explained to the requester during a telephone interchange, we understand that the basic premise of the question relates to data rights. Further, the Distribution D CDRLs referenced by the requester refer to contract deliverables authorized for ...(More)
Algorithm Description Document
8/25/2017 5:12:00 PM
Question: Trying to find through the DAU any information on an Algorithm Description Document. How its used in the DOD and its main purpose and scope. Looking for mainly documentation from a systems engineering perspective.
Answer: The "Algorithm Description Document" is not a Department of Defense document. Within the DoD, the Software Design Description (SDD) describes the software design decisions, the architectural design, and the detailed design needed to implement the software. If your developer is following IEEE Standard 1012, System and ...(More)
What is the best current diagram showing TRLs, BAs and JCIDS on one slide/diagram?
7/12/2017 9:58:00 AM
Question: Can you provide a single current DAU solution which reflects all this data on one slide, image or diagram?
Answer: I have been unable to find any artifact that captures all three in a single slide. We have several slide variations that align TRLs with each acquisition ...(More)
SE Involvement during an Operational Test
7/6/2017 12:05:00 PM
Question: Is the LSE allowed to be present with the OTA team during an OT&E event?
Answer: The DoD Test & Evaluation Management Guide, 6th Edition, Dec 2012 contains the following information in Chapter 3 - Program Office Responsibilities for Test and Evaluation, 3.9 PMO Involvement In OT&E Activities. “In the Government PMO, there should be a group responsible for ...(More)
6/22/2017 5:52:00 PM
Question: What certifications are required to support our integration of this radio aboard our vehicle? Specifically, I know of only the Spectrum Certification and the requirement for an ATO (Cybersecurity) as it applies to the radio. The radio has already received an NSA Type 1 Encryption certification (IA) and has gone through JITC certification testing and passed (we have the JITC certification paperwork). We are also going to look at ESOH as a part of the radio integration into the vehicle (for both radio and the integration effort). I am looking for a Checklist (if one exists) that specifically calls out the certifications that I need for this ECP/modification. Also what directive/specification/etc. applies that certification. Note response interval of one week. ASAP/sooner the better is more appropriate.
Answer: DODI 5000.02 ENCLOSURE 1 contains a very good spreadsheet of requirements for acquisition programs (including many required certifications). Here is a ...(More)
Looking for background data concerning the use of Knowledge Points for Milestone Decisions
6/22/2017 5:39:00 PM
Question: Are acquisition programs having success when using Knowledge Points for Milestone decisions? Is there anything more recent than the 2012 DAU publication on Knowledge Points?
Answer: The short answer is we believe using Knowledge Points (KPs) has been both a good practice and effective decision aid. In essence, a KP can be ...(More)
Technical Refresh definition and limitations
6/20/2017 5:52:00 PM
Question: Any guidance on what can be accomplished during the Tech Refresh would be greatly appreciated.
Answer: In response to your inquiry about the DB migration, I can point you to DoDI 8000.01 Management of the Department of Defense Information Enterprise (DoD IE) (attached) which provides overarching guidance, plus pointers to specific statutory/regulatory references, for IT modernization, migration to shared infrastructure, conformance to the DoD enterprise architecture and ...(More)
Log Data Flow and Info Systems involved
5/19/2017 3:26:00 PM
Question: Does DAU have a flow chart that shows how log data flows through our major systems from end to end? Something that shows how COMPASS, POWERLOGj, LMP, GCSS etc share and what data is shared.
Answer: DAU does not have an end to end flow chart that shows the data flows and interactions between logistics tools and ERPs. DAU has requested that information from the Army for GCSS-A and will provide it, when received, as an update to this ...(More)