The Department of Defense (DoD) Physical Security Equipment (PSE) Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) Program responds to the material needs expressed by the Services and the Combatant Commands (COCOMs). Physical security equipment capabilities, or gaps in capabilities, are identified by the COCOMs and Services via the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) in response to national- and Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)-level guidance.
Requirements for the development of material solutions derived from this process may be referred to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs/Nuclear Matters (OASD(NCB)/NM)) for DoD PSE RDT&E Program funding in advance of a defense acquisition milestone decision to implement an acquisition strategy to meet the capability need. The OASD(NCB)/NM) coordinates PSE material development with representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).
The OASD(NCB)/NM) uses the Physical Security Enterprise & Analysis Group (PSEAG) to assist with the review, selection, and implementation of conventional security-related equipment development efforts. The OASD(NCB)/NM) uses the Security Policy Verification Committee (SPVC), established by directive to oversee the physical security of nuclear weapons systems, and to assist with the review, selection, and implementation of nuclear weapon security-related efforts. The PSEAG, SPVC, and their associated working groups coordinate operational requirements and associated projects to avoid duplicative efforts and maximize the acquisition process in joint collaboration.