JCIDS Process

J8 Force Structure Resources and Assessment Directorate

The Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment Directorate, J-8, was established in response to increased responsibilities and authority placed on the Chairman by the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986. Since then, J-8 has provided resource and force structure analysis and advice to the Chairman and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS). See JCIDS Gatekeeper

The J-8 Directorate develops capabilities, conducts studies, analyses, and assessments, and evaluates plans, programs, and strategies for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Director, J-8 serves as Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) Secretary and as Chairman of the Joint Capabilities Board (JCB). In these capacities, the Director orchestrates Joint Staff support of the capabilities development process through Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) and oversees the Functional Capabilities Board (FCB) process.

The J-8 Directorate is charged with providing support to CJCS for evaluating and developing force structure requirements. J-8 conducts joint, bilateral, and multilateral war games and interagency politico-military seminars and simulations. It develops, maintains, and improves the models, techniques, and capabilities used by the Joint Staff and combatant commands to conduct studies and analyses for CJCS.

The J8 Directorate’s objectives to support the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are to:

  • Improve the Capabilities Based Process
  • Provide early capability development guidance to the Services
  • Assess non-traditional Warfighting areas
  • Advise on force structure integration and assess sufficiency of the global joint force to execute the Defense Strategy
  • Review and assess Service programs to advise on joint Warfighting capabilities


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