If a computer processes information in different sensitivity levels, the computer will be designated
and accredited at the highest sensitivity level of any information that is to be processed on it.
EXAMPLE: A computer processes CS3 information, US1 information, and US2 information. This
computer will be designated as CS3, and will be accredited at the CS3 level. Accreditation at the
CS3 level means the computer is approved to process CS3 information and any information in a
lower sensitivity level; US1, US2, and Nonsensitive.
WNINTEL: A computer which processes any data controlled under the caveat "WNINTEL" (Warning
Notice - Intelligence Sources or Methods involved), will have that additional identifier associated with
the assigned sensitivity designation.
EXAMPLE: A computer which will be used to process SECRET - WNINTEL information will be
designated "CS3 - WNINTEL" and will be accredited at the "CS3 - WNINTEL" level.
Part H: Designated Accreditation Authorities
Accreditation is approval to operate, and the individual who gives this approval is the "designated
accreditation authority" or "DAA". The DAA for an Army computer is determined by the sensitivity
level at which the system will be accredited.
Part I: Explanation of Terms
Before you begin reading the information about the DAA, read the following terms and make sure that
you understand what each term means.
Designated accreditation authority (DAA): A senior management official who has the authority and
responsibility to accredit (approve the operation of) an Army computer, based on a prescribed set of
MACOM commanders: The MACOM commanders are the Commanding Generals of the Army
MACOMs (major commands). MACOMs include U.S. Amy Forces Command (FORSCOM); U.S. Army
European Command (EUCOM); Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), and U.S. Army Intelligence
and Security Command (INSCOM).
Senior executive service (SES) personnel: Civilian personnel In civilian pay grades GS-16, GS-17,
Position of command: Command positions include brigade commander, division commander, and
corps commander. The position of "deputy commander" is also considered a command position.
Principle staff officer. A division or corps commander has a staff of officers who assist him in certain
functions. The principle staff officers are the Chief of Staff (directs the staff); G1 (personnel); G2
(intelligence); G3 (operations and training); G4 (logistics); and G5 (Civil Affairs).
Delegation of accreditation authority: The action by which an accreditation authority assigns part of
his authority to a subordinate.