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The policy, guidance, and resources provided below give DoD Components and Mission Partners additional information on the Defense Information Systems Network (DISN), the Connection Approval Office, Defense Cybersecurity/Security Authorization Working Group (DSAWG), and Ports, Protocols, and Services Management (PPSM). The documents below are also referenced within the DISN Connection Process Guide. The Risk Adjudication and Connection Division recommends that all DoD Components and Mission Partners review and be familar with the documents listed below. There are also sample diagrams and templates available for use. For any recommendations of additional documentation that would be helpful to list here, please contact us.

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Policy Title
CJCSI 6211.02D

Defense Information Systems Network (DISN): Responsibilities, 24 January 2012

CJCSI 6212.02F

Net Ready Key Performance Parameters (NR KPP), 21 March 2012

CNSSI 1253

Security Categorization and Control Selection for National Security Systems, 27 March 2012

CNSSI 4009

National Information Assurance Glossary, 26 April 2010

CNSSP No. 11 National Policy governing the Acquisition of Information (IA) and IA Enabled Information Technology Products, 12 June 2013
CNSSP No. 22

Policy on Information Assurance Risk Management for National Security Systems, January 2012

DoD CIO Memorandum - Improving SIPRNet Security Improving Security of Federal Department and Agency Connections to the Department of Defense Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, 9 August 2013
DoD CIO Memorandum for DISA Connection Approval Office A full list of DoD sponsor responsibilities for DoD Mission Partner connections. (Updated 14 August 2012)
DoD 5220.22-M

National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual, 28 February 2006

DoDD 8000.01

Management of the Department of Defense Information Enterprise, 10 February 2009

DoDD 8100.02 Use of Commercial Wireless Devices, Services, and Technologies in the Department of Defense (DoD) Global Information Grid (GIG), 14 April 2007

DoDD O-8530.1

Computer Network Defense, 8 January 2001

DoDI O-8530.2

Support to Computer Network Defense (CND), 9 March 2001

DoDI 8100.04

Department of Defense (DoD) Unified Capabilities (UC), 9 December 2010

DoDI 8510.01

DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP), 28 November 2007

DoDI 8551.01

Ports, Protocols, and Services Management, 28 May 2014

NIST SP 800-53 Rev 4

Guide for Applying Risk Management Framework to Federal Information Systems, April 2013

NEW! Policy and Procedures for STEP/Teleport SGS

Policy and Procedures for DoD Gateways (STEP/Teleport) SIPRNET GIG Interconnection
Approval Process System (SGS), 15 Apr 13

Note: This policy provides guidance for Tactical and Mobile SATCOM customers on the process for obtaining and managing SIPRNET access at DoD Gateways using existing procedures outlined in the Connection Process Guide (CPG). This policy outlines DoD Gateway specific procedures for obtaining access approval from the Connection Approval Office (CAO).

UCR Change 2013

Department of Defense Unified Capabilities Requirements 2008, December 2008 (signed September 2011), January 2013

NSC Brochure Enterprise Connection Division Brochure

DISN Connection Process Guide 4.3.1


A step-by-step guide to the detailed procedures that customers must follow in order to obtain a connection to the DISN.

The CPG has been integrated into the website for interactive use, or can be downloaded. If you download the PDF, we recommend always checking the release date listed on our website to ensure you have the most current version.

Non-DoD DISN Connection Validation Template Letter (MS Word | PDF)

Non-DoD DISN Connection Revalidation Template Letter (MS Word | PDF)

NIPR/SIPR Topology Template (Powerpoint | Visio)

Plan of Actions and Milestones (POA&M) Sample/Template (Excel)

Sample Documentation for both Unclassfied and Classified Connection Approval Processes


Connectivity/Architecture Diagram

DSN Topology

DVS Topology

NIPRNet Topology

Unclassfied Connection Approval Process sample documentation


Connectivity/Architecture Diagram

DISN-LES Topology

DVS Topology

SIPRNet Topology

Classfied Connection Approval Process sample documentation


Navy Certification and Accreditation PKI Icon Announcements, points-of-contact, guidance, and links for Navy IA certification and accreditation.
Marine Corp Certification and
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Guidance, documents/forms, and Xacta information for Marine Corps IA certification and accreditation.
Army Office of Information Assurance and Compliance PKI Icon Provides army personnel with news, data, and online tools to understand and successfully complete IA related responsibilities.
Risk Management Framework (RMF) Knowledge Service (Formerly DIACAP Knowledge Service) DoD's official site for enterprise DIACAP policy and implementation guidelines.
DoD DIACAP-to-RMF Transition on IASE DoD DIACAP-to-RMF Transition on the Information Assurance Support Environment (IASE)
Information Assurance Support Environment (IASE) "One-Stop Shop" for IA policy and guidance.