Joint Chiefs will apply Clinger-Cohen to warfighting systems

Joint Chiefs will apply Clinger-Cohen to warfighting systems

Lt. General Robert Shea, director of command, control, communications and computer systems for the Joint Staff

HERSHEY, Pa.'In a change of policy, the Joint Chiefs of Staff will apply the IT management practices of the Clinger-Cohen Act to warfighting systems.

Lt. General Robert Shea, director of command, control, communications and computer systems for the Joint Staff, yesterday said there needs to be more management discipline and a new focus on developing capabilities instead of applications for weapons systems.

Shea said the Joint Staff and Defense Department chieftains are working on a policy directive for release by the end of the month that will require warfighting systems to incorporate Clinger-Cohen practices. The law, which established management and acquisition reforms for federal IT, excludes warfighting systems.

'We are referring to the CIO approach in Clinger Cohen that gives the CIO a tremendous amount of authority,' Shea said at the Industry Advisory Council's Executive Leadership Conference 2003. 'In the past, we haven't stopped to think about the capabilities and the data. We were thinking too much of buying things instead of end-to-end capabilities.'

Shea said the directive will require IT officials to ask a series of questions during development of systems for the battlefield:

  • Have the people affected by a system's development and deployment been identified?


  • What are the performance parameters for the system?


  • Has an employee-training plan been drafted?


  • Is lifecycle support in place?


  • Is network bandwidth available?


  • Does the system comply with interoperability standards?


  • Is the security adequate?


  • Has there been sufficient testing?


'What we are doing is trying to take good things in Clinger-Cohen and incorporate them into a warfighting perspective,' Shea said. 'As we work these systems through the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, which is chaired by the Joint Staff's vice chairman, we are trying to take a holistic approach in how we move forward.'

Whether the effort succeeds, Shea said, will depend on whether the Joint Staff enforces the policy.

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