DOTMLPF review is the due diligence exercised in determining the acceptability, suitability, and feasibility of a proposed force design change. The order of the letters in the acronym is no accident. Beginning with “D” for Doctrine and every letter thereafter, the task of the force design/force integration community is to provide force design solutions tailored to meet warfighting requirements. DOTMLPF is the framework for developing the design. Proposed force designs are assessed through a Force Integration Feasibility Assessment (FIFA) which provides the analytic rigor to determine sufficiency of each DOTMLPF domain. Only after all shortfalls are addressed will Senior Leaders approve the new force design.

DOTMLPF stands for: (JP 1-02, Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, 15 August 2011)
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction CJCSI 3170.01H Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System, 10 January 2012, uses the expanded acronym of DOTmLPF-P, where the terminal letter “P” stands for Policy.