Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO)

Under the direction of the Defense Standardization Executive, the DSPO responsibilities are as follows:

  • Manage day-to-day activities and efforts of the Defense Standardization Program (DSP).
  • Develop DoD-wide standardization policies and procedures.
  • Provide tools for successful implementation of standards.
  • Assign Lead Standardization Activities.
  • Serve as executive sponsor for Diminishing Manufacturing and Materiel Shortages (DMSMS) and Government Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP).
  • Serve as DoD representative to federal agencies, non-Government Standards Bodies, international organizations, multinational treaty organizations and the private sector.


Defense Standardization Executive

The Defense Standardization Program (DSP) is under the direction and leadership of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering (USD(R&E)). The USD(R&E) has the authority to appoint the DoD Standardization Executive who manages the DSP, chair the Defense Standardization Council and serve as standardization executive for DoD components without a designated standardization executive.

DSPO Director

Gregory Saunders is the Director of the Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO), standing in for Mr. Michael Heaphy Jr. until July 2020. The DSPO champions standardization processes, products and services to provide the warfighter with equipment that is interoperable, reliable, technologically superior, and affordable. In this capacity, Greg is responsible for policies and procedures governing development and use of Military Specifications and Standards, Qualified Products and Manufacturers Lists, use of industry standards, development of performance specifications and Commercial Item Descriptions. He also oversees DoD activities to mitigate the impact of diminishing manufacturing sources, and leads an initiative to develop Joint Standardization Boards to address enterprise wide standardization issues in specific commodity and technology areas.

Mr. Saunders has a wealth of knowledge, experience, and accolades throughout the standardization community.

Deputy Director    

Latasha R. Beckman is deputy director of the Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO). Ms. Beckman has more than 20 years of engineering experience, of which 14 years has been devoted to managing DSPO's international standardization program. She has demonstrated an ability to advise DoD personnel and support contractors on defense standardization procedures engage with allies and partners on standardization policy matters and training, and participate in multilateral meetings with foreign governments concerning items of mutual interest. Additionally, Ms. Beckman has been responsible for maintaining and advancing DSP tools and leveraging emerging technologies to incorporate in the acquisition life cycle. 

Ms. Beckman holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo, and a M.S. in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Manufacturing Systems from North Carolina A&T State University.