Capability Development Document (CDD) Writer's Guide

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NOTE: This version of the CDD Writer’s Guide is based upon the instructions outlined in the 18 CJCSI 3170.01G, Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System,1 Mar 09, the online 19 Manual for the Operation of the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System, 1 Mar 20 09, and applicable Army and TRADOC regulations. This is supplemental information and not 21 intended to replace or replicate the JCIDS Manual in its entirety.

1. CDD Format and template. The CDD format described below and included on the attached 24 template is mandatory for all Army-developed CDDs. The information in this guide complies 25 with instructions provided by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Chairman of the 26 Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), and Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) and leads the 27 user through each paragraph of the CDD format. Annotations for each paragraph and entry 28 describe the information that it must contain, the source of that information, and how that 29 information is developed in analyses. Use the template below to develop the CDD.

a. Each subparagraph should be numbered to facilitate requirements correlation and 34 traceability, and for ease of identifying issues during staffing. Use conventional alpha-numeric 35 numbering of paragraphs. The use of scientific numbering is unacceptable.

b. CDDs must be submitted in MS-Word (6.0 or greater) format. Use Times New Roman, 12 38 pitch font. Do not submit document in Microsoft 2007 format, use 97-2003 compatible 39 documents with the extension “.doc” HQDA is not postured to accept them and the G3 40 automated staffing tool, Capabilities and AROC Management System (CAMS), does not 41 recognize them as valid files.

c. Architecture products should be embedded into the MS-Word file for ease of review during 44 the staffing process except the SV-6 which is provided as a separate MS Excel file or an 45 embedded Excel file in Appendix A – Net-Ready KPP Products.

d. All CDDs must be clearly labeled with draft version number, date, classification, and 48 include any caveats regarding releasability, even if UNCLASSIFIED. Paragraphs that contain 49 non-releasable information (allies or industry) will be marked appropriately.

e. Draft documents must be submitted with continuous line numbers displayed.

f. The Manual for the Operation of the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development 54 System contains the format to be used for the body of the CDD. The CDD should be no more 55 than 35 pages in length. ARCIC’s internal “goal” is to keep the body of the CDD to 10 pages or 56 less.

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