USD (A&S) Issues Memo Waiver for the Use of Military Specifications

By | July 05, 2018

On June 20, 2018, Ms. Ellen Lord, The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)) issued a memorandum to the DoD Components’ Acquisition and Standardization Executives granting a waiver for the use of military specifications and standards published in the ASSIST database for use in DoD procurements.

This is only made possible by the rigor and effort invested by the standardization management activities in executing the policies and procedures of the Defense Standardization Program, using non-government standards when available and practicable, and maintaining high-quality defense standardization documents. 

Click here to view the signed memorandum.

Success with Standardization
The following case studies are examples of the ingenuity and effort that the defense standardization community put in to develop and use common specifications and standards to provide support to the warfighter.

  • Body Armor Test Methods Standardization Program
    This case study describes a joint effort by the U.S. Army, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to harmonize the test method standards and related standards applied to ballistic-resistant protective gear, such as helmets and vests.

  • Common Parts Catalog for Industry Shipyards
    See how four industry shipyards and the Navy collaborated to develop a Common Parts Catalog (CPC) tool to promote parts standardization and management through data sharing to dramatically reduce inventory, design, engineering, and life-cycle costs across the U.S. marine industry.