During a base-wide exercise, we were handed a simulated Combat Mission Needs Statement
(what we used to call Urgent Operational Needs) and evaluated by the Inspector General on our ability to respond to the need.
Army issued a Critical Mission Needs Statement
for a fleet of new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
On 15 November 2001, the Air Force Requirements Oversight Council (AFROC) approved the mission needs statement
for operationally responsive spacelift (ORS).
Once the mission needs statement
(now the initial capabilities document [ICD]) is approved, the combat developer translates the need into operational requirements (capabilities description document [CDD]).
The ICD is similar to the mission needs statement
of the requirements generation system.
She elaborated on 4 key points: the combat mission needs statement
, statutory spending authorities, the impact of Special Forces operations, and financial management lessons learned in a combat environment.
This prompted the ACC to sign a mission needs statement
in 1993 (see "Goodbye Weasel, Hello SHARK," JED, February 1994, p.
Whether it's a mission needs statement
, operational requirements document, statement of objectives, or a combination thereof, at some point program managers are faced with what can generically be called a requirement--a description of something that someone needs.