Let's answer some questions.
DoD Directive 8570.01 provides the basis for an enterprise-wide solution to train, certify, and manage the DoD Information Assurance (IA) workforce. The policy requires Information Assurance technicians and managers to be trained and certified to a DoD baseline requirement. The Directive's accompanying Manual identifies the specific certifications mandated by the Directive's enterprise-wide certification program. Much of the Directive addresses workforce management issues. Components must identify and document in personnel and manpower databases, IA personnel and positions and make certain that IA personnel meet training and certification requirements related to their job functions.
The ultimate vision of the Directive is a sustained, professional IA workforce with the knowledge and skills to effectively prevent and respond to attacks against DoD information, information systems, and information infrastructures. This effort will enable DoD to put the right people with the right skills in the right place.
The Manual has been approved by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration (ASD NII)/DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO) and is now mandatory for all DoD organizations to comply with its requirements.
A copy of the Manual is available on the DoD Publications website located at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/857001m.pdf.
(I have received e-mails from commercial activities stating that I must attend a mandatory training session on implementing DoD 8570.1) No. Neither you, nor your organization needs special training regarding the implementation of DoD 8570. Furthermore, the DoD has not sponsored or required any commercial 8570.1 implementation training or planning sessions.
You should disregard any direct messages from vendors indicating a requirement to complete their course or information session as part of DoD 8570.1 implementation.
For DoD military and civilian IA Workforce members, the DoD Component must budget for and pay for an individual's required certification. The Component must also ensure appropriate training is provided for the position and preparation for the certification exam.