Defense Standardization Executive Encourages DoD Participation in Non-Government Standards Bodies

By DSPO | 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). This Memorandum further reinforces DoD participation in the development and use of Non-Government Standards (NGS), which is codified in both Public Law 104-113, “National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995,” and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-119, “Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and Conformity Assessment Activities.” The official memorandum can be viewed here.

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.

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  • NAVSEA Test Equipment Standardization
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  • Joint Committee on Tactical Shelters (JOCOTAS)
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