Cross Domain System Manifest TDF

Cross Domain System Manifest TDF

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IC Technical Specifications

Cross Domain System Manifest TDF


This XML Data Encoding Specification for Cross Domain System Manifest TDF (CDSM-TDF.XML) defines detailed implementation guidance for using XML to encode CDSM-TDF data. This specification defines the XML elements and attributes, associated structures and relationships, mandatory and cardinality requirements, and permissible values for representing CDSM-TDF data assertion concepts using XML within the use of a Trusted Data Format (TDF) Object. It is a profile of XML Data Encoding Specification for Trusted Data Format (IC-TDF.XML) that is suitable for use by commercial entities in an unclassified Uncaveated environment while maintaining the ability to become a full IC-TDF.XML TDF on networks that require it.


The IC Chief Information Officer maintains this specification via the Data Standards Coordination Activity (DSCA) and Common Metadata Standards Tiger Team (CMSTT).


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Mission Requirements


This specification is designed to fulfill a number of requirements in support of the transformational efforts of the Intelligence Community (IC). These requirements include:

  • The need for a minimized profile of TDF for commercial entity use in unclassified uncaveated environments.
  • The need to provide non-repudiation and secure cross domain transfer of things (e.g., patches) across the various domains in the enterprise.