been met and critical operational issues have been satisfied. These threshold requirements come from the approved capabilities development document developed in the JCIDS process. For AIS programs, additional specialized testing is integrated into the OT&E process. This includes interoperability testing and network-ready certification conducted by the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), and information assurance certification and accreditation testing conducted by the designated accrediting authority.6 For evolutionary programs following the model of Figure A.2, this testing and certification must occur for every evolutionary spiral undertaken by the program.
In short, the DAMS is a complex system of governance and oversight. For any MDAP or MAIS program, preparing for and successfully conducting the series of milestone reviews necessary to deploy capability to end users is a major undertaking.