Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD)
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The JCTD Program executes Pre- Engineering and Manufacturing Development (Pre-EMD) and Fieldable Prototypes to address the highest priorities facing the Department of Defense. JCTD projects develop technology solutions that meet the DASD (EC&P) Focus Areas.

Mission & Vision

The mission of the JCTD Program is to execute pre- engineering and manufacturing development (pre-EMD) and fieldable prototypes through operational demonstrations of game-changing technologies to meet DoD strategic needs while addressing Joint Force and Combatant Commands capability gaps.

JCTD Program Objectives:

  • Stimulate innovation by providing a collaborative environment between government, industry and academia and providing a bridge between Science & Technology to operational use and acquisition.
  • Reduce technical risk through the use of experimentation and prototyping and reduce operational risk by conducting operational demonstrations with the warfighter.
  • Enable affordability by providing open architecture to enhance interoperability and minimizing design changes and surprises during the EMD phase of acquisition.
  • Accelerate acquisition. The JCTD Program often fields decisive capability to the field in three to five years and uses Military Utility Assessments to validate user requirements.

The JCTD vision "We Identify Technology Solutions Today for Use by Warfighter Whenever and Wherever They are Tomorrow."

JCTD's History

The JCTD Program started as the Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration Program in 1995 and became the JCTD Program in 2006. The change in 2006 reflected an increased emphasis on meeting urgent warfighter needs by accelerating the execution of JCTDs and an increased focus on transition. However, the basic tenets of the program remained the same:

  • JCTDs were identified and prioritized by the combatant command and addressed their priority needs.
  • JCTDs worked the joint, coalition, and interagency shortfalls or “seams.”
  • Worked “inside the Program Objective Memorandum” unlike traditional acquisition—time is money and costs lives. Typically JCTDs takes two to three years from start to fielding.
  • Partner funds received: $1 to $2 for every $1 we commit to a JCTD.
  • Unique team structure of JCTDs:
    • Operational, technical, and transition managers all on one intergrated team

Between 1995 and 2006, over 250 projects were initiated. Notable successes included the Predator and Global Hawk in 1995, Link 16 in 1998, the Standoff Precision Guided Munitions in 2005, and the Persistent Ground Surveillance System in 2010.

Starting in 2014 and with the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the focus of the JCTD Program has shifted from rapid fielding to meet urgent warfighter needs to addressing the more strategic priorities of the Department of Defense. Starting in 2015, the JCTD program will primarily initiate projects in support of the four DASD(EC&P) focus areas.


The JCTD Program supports the DASD(EC&P) objectives through the execution of pre–engineering and manufacturing development prototypes to address the four DASD(EC&P) focus areas.

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JCTD DoD Techipedia Space User Guide

The KIMS JCTD database was decommissioned on 30 September 2012 and replaced with the DTIC–DoDTechipedia–JCTD Defense Community space. Please note: this site can be accessed only via CAC-enabled computers. Instructions for obtaining a DTIC account and requesting access to the JCTD Defense Community space can be found in the User Guide.