An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
Official websites use .mil
website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
Secure .mil websites use HTTPS
means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.
Skip to main content (Press Enter).
Defense Standardization Program
Making Systems Work Together
Defense Standardization Program
Search DSP website:
Search DSP website:
History of the DSP
Joint Standardization Boards
Aerial Refueling Systems Advisory Group (ARSAG)
Expeditionary Shelters and Basing Equipment (ESBE)
Joint Intermodal Working Group (JIWG)
Mobile Electric Power Systems (MEPS)
Specs & Standards
Types of DSP Documents
Access DSP Documents
ASSIST Quick Search
DSP and DOD IT Standards Program Relationship
List of DISR documents
International Standardization Documents
Other Government Standards
Department of Energy Technical Standards
Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards
NASA Technical Standards System
NIST Standards Coordination Office
COVID-19 Related Standards
Discount on Standards
Policy & Guidance
Key Policy Documents
SD-1: Standardization Directory
SD-2: DoD Acquisitions Buying Commercial Items and Nondevelopmental Items
SD-3: A Guide for DoD Personnel Participating in NATO Standardization Activities
SD-5: Market Research
SD-6: Provisions Governing Qualification
SD-9: DOD Guidance on Participating in the Development and Use of Non-Government Standards
SD-10: Identification & Development of Metric Standards
SD-15: Guide for Performance Specifications
SD-18: Program Guide for Parts Requirements
SD-19: Parts Management Guide
SD-21: Mandated Specifications and Standards
SD-23: DoD Item Reduction Program
SD-24: Value Engineering
SD-26: DMSMS Contract Language Guide Book
Commercial Item Descriptions
Commercial and Nondevelopmental Items
Data Item Descriptions
Data Requirements in Specs & Standards
Detailed Military Specifications & Standards
Inactive for New Design Documents
Locating and Ordering Documents
Non-Government Standards Bodies
Referencing Documents in Specs & Standards
State of the DSP
Conference Proceedings and Papers
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
Index of Federal Specifications, Standards and CIDs
DoD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms [CAC ONLY]
Books on Standards
Standards Engineering Society (SES) Papers
DoD Shelf-Life Program
Training & Events
Comment on documents
Develop a standard or specification
Start a Joint Standardization Board
Communities of Practice
Parts Management KSP
Doing Business with DoD
Meet DSPO Staff
The Next Defense Standardization Workshop 11-12 October 2022
September 21, 2022
— The Defense Standardization Program Office is supporting a virtual Defense Standardization Workshop hosted by the Defense Acquisition University October 11-12, 2022.
DSP Publishes Educational Content in Celebration of 70 Years
August 24, 2022
— The Defense Standardization Program (DSP) is proud to celebrate 70 years of making systems work together! Take a trip down memory lane with us as we reflect on major milestones and special moments in the history of DSP!
The DSP Celebrates 70 Years!
July 1, 2022
— July 1, 2022, marks the 70th anniversary of the Defense Standardization Program (DSP) and we’ve planned special activities that span the remainder of this calendar year in commemoration.
SD-22 DoD DMSMS Guidebook Now Available
May 31, 2022
— A new version of the SD-22, DoD DMSMS Guidebook, is now available with two significant changes from the 2021 version.
Defense Standardization Executive Encourages DoD Participation in Non-Government Standards Bodies
November 30, 2021
— On November 19, 2021, Defense Standardization Executive (DSE), Ms. Stephanie Possehl, issued a Memorandum to Service and Agency Standardization Executives encouraging participation in the activities of Non-Government Standards Bodies (NGSBs).
Happy 70th Anniversary to the Defense Standardization Program!
Visit DSP Turns 70
Register Today for the Defense Standardization Workshop 11-12 October 2022
2022 DSP Conference Paper Proceedings Now Available
SAVE THE DATE! PMMC 2023 February 6-9, 2023 in Savannah, GA!
Defense Standardization Program (DSP)
How Do I?
Access Military Specifications and Standards
Prepare a defense standard or specification.
Comment on a standardization document
Get training in standards
Host a Defense Standardization Workshop (WSE 023)
Gain access to NATO Standards
Get my product(s) qualified
Get a copy of non-government standard
Submit a DSP Journal article
Do business with the DoD
Become a chartered Joint Standardization Board (JSB)
Work with Non-Government Standards Bodies
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.
Permeation Testing for Low-Volatility Substances
The LVAP test method and fixture enable such testing for contact hazards, and this is now endorsed as a DoD Test and Evaluation standard.
NAVSEA Test Equipment Standardization
This study describes how the standardization efforts of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Test, Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) program have dramatically reduced the variety of test equipment, while driving down procurement, logistics support, maintenance, and calibration costs through modernization.
Joint Committee on Tactical Shelters (JOCOTAS)
This study describes the efforts of the Joint Committee on Tactical Shelters (JOCOTAS) to standardize tactical shelters across all four armed services and how those actions have reduced the types of shelters the Department of Defense (DoD) uses.