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IOC/FOC

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Initial Operational Capability

Reference Source: DAU Glossary

In general, attained when some units and/or organizations in the force structure scheduled to receive a system have received it and have the ability to employ and maintain it. The specifics for any particular system IOC are defined in that system’s Capability Development Document (CDD) and updated CDD.

 

Full Operational Capability

Reference Source: DAU Glossary

In general, attained when all units and/or organizations in the force structure scheduled to receive a system have received it and have the ability to employ and maintain it. The specifics for any particular system FOC are defined in that system’s Capability Development Document (CDD) and updated CDD.