The Security Classification Guide (SCG) is part of the Program Protection Plan (PPP). It details how information will be classified and marked on an acquisition program. It’s the written record of an original classification decision or series of decisions regarding a system, plan, program, or project. The SCG addresses each Critical Program Information (CPI), as well as other relevant information requiring protection, including export-controlled information and sensitive but unclassified information. The Program Manager (PM) must develop a SCG in accordance with DoD Manual 5200.01. [1]

Information in the SCG is classified either originally or derivatively. [2]

  • Originally: Original classification occurs when information is developed that intrinsically meets the criteria for classification under Executive Order 12958. Such classification cannot reasonably be derived from a previous classification decision still in force involving in substance, the same or closely related information.
  • Derivative: Information under review is already known to be classified

General guidance of the SCG is provided in:

Proposed Format for SCG:
Section 1.0
1.1 Purpose
1.2 Authority
1.3 Office of Primary Responsibility
1.4 Classification Challenges
1.5 Reproduction, Extraction and Dissemination
1.6 Public Release
1.7 Foreign Release
1.8 Definition
Section 2.0
2.1 Identification
2.2 Goals, Purpose, Mission
2.3 End Items
Section 3.0
3.1 Performance and Capabilities
Section 4.0
4.1 Specifications
Section 5.0
5.1 Critical Elements
Section 6.0
6.1 Vulnerabilities and Weaknesses
Section 7.0
7.1 Admin Data
Section 8.0
8.1 Hardware

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Updated:8/9/2017

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