The primary goal of the CALS strategy is to migrate from manual, paper-intensive defense system operations to integrated, highly automated acquisition and support processes. A target of these automated and integrated processes will be the Integrated Weapon Systems Database (IWSDB). The IWSDB concept integrates shared data into a single logical database; it is currently under development. Automation and integration of design, manufacturing, and support processes will streamline these processes and increase the reliability and quality of defense systems, while reducing life-cycle costs.
Figure 2 depicts a structured approach to CALS implementation and an association between the iterative processes of infrastructure modernization, process improvement, and digital data acquisition. Effective implementation of the CALS strategy is achieved by addressing the following four elements throughout
the life of a defense system.
2.1 Infrastructure modernization. Infrastructure for paper-based processes includes typewriters, copy machines, mail-handlers, mail trucks, etc. The infrastructure for digital-based processes includes computer hardware, software, and communication network capabilities. The strategy to create, manage, use, and exchange digital products may require an associated infrastructure modernization (see 126.96.36.199 and 6).
2.2 Process improvement. The infrastructure for use of digital data offers opportunities that enable process improvements in design, manufacturing, and life-cycle support of defense systems. These re-engineered business processes may also result in further infrastructure modernization.
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Continuous Acquisition and Life-Cycle Support (CALS) is a Department of Defense (DoD) and industry strategy to enable more effective generation, exchange, management, and use of digital data supporting defense systems. The primary goal of the CALS strategy is to migrate from manual, paper-intensive defense system operations to integrated, highly automated acquisition and support processes.
This handbook provides information and guidance for applying the CALS strategy to the acquisition, management, and use of digital data in accordance with (IAW) DoD Instruction (DoDI) 5000.2. The primary focus of this handbook is the acquisition of digital data products and information services in support of defense systems. It addresses:
a. CALS strategy;
b. CALS policy;
c. Acquisition process guidance;
d. Special considerations for existing defense systems; and
e. DoD infrastructure modernization-Joint CALS (JCALS).
The primary audience for this handbook is DoD defense system acquisition managers and support personnel. Additionally, Automated Data Processing (ADP) system managers should be well versed with its contents, specifically those sections that relate to infrastructure requirements.
1.3 How this handbook is structured.
This handbook provides a structured approach to implementing CALS requirements, data interchange standards, and data format specifications. Figure 1 shows the structure of this handbook and how it relates to other CALS reference documents (see 4.3.2).