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Subject: Insensitive Munitions (IM) Strategic Planning.

THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

3010 DEFENSE PENTAGON

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20301-3010

21 JUL 2004

MEMORANDUM FOR SECRETARIES OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTS

CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF

COMMANDER, U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND

DIRECTOR, MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY

SUBJECT: Insensitive Munitions (IM) Strategic Planning

This memorandum establishes Department of Defense policy for the annual submission of Insensitive Munitions Strategic Plans to the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) (OUSD(AT & L)). The first submission is due February 15, 2005.

Section 2389 of Title 10, United States Code, requires the Secretary of Defense to "ensure, to the extent practicable, that insensitive munitions under development or procurement are safe throughout development and fielding when subjected to unplanned stimuli." The JROC monitors and keeps me informed with respect to compliance with IM requirements policy through the established waiver process; however, this process is suboptimized, limiting the JROC's view to individual munition programs without insight or recognition of other/related IM efforts or investment priorities. This new policy will serve to increase our visibility into the total Program Executive Office (PEO) munitions portfolio and enable decisions to be made in a broader context. The transition towards a totally IM-compliant munitions inventory becomes more clearly defined by this perspective. To this end the Secretaries of the Military Departments, Director, Missile Defense Agency, and Commander, Special Operations Command will ensure that PEOs with weapon responsibilities develop and submit annual IM Strategic Plans to the JROC and OUSD (AT & L). The Plans will be co-signed by the appropriate Acquisition Executive and Comptroller (or Resource Sponsor), thus conveying a commitment to execution and funding.

Starting in February 2005, annual IM Strategic Plans will be the vehicle to submit and consolidate IM waiver requests. However, addressees will retain the flexibility to submit individual waiver requests, in the unusual case where such a request is needed, to meet specific urgent program milestones in a timely manner. All out-of-cycle requests shall be reported in the next annual plan submission. All other aspects of the current IM waiver request review and approval process remain unchanged.

The OSD point of contact for additional information on IM Strategic Planning policy and development is Mr. Tony Melita, (703) 695-1382, Anthony. Melita@osd.mil. The JROC point of contact is: Division Chief, J8 Capabilities and Acquisition Division, (703) 614-3682.

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Michael W. Wynne

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Author:Wynne, Michael W.
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Date:Nov 1, 2004
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