Defense Standardization Program
Management Structure


  • The Defense Standardization Program (DSP) is conducted in accordance with the statutory provisions of Title 10, U.S. Code Chapter 145, Sections 2451-2457 of the Cataloging and Standardization Act, which requires the Secretary of Defense to maintain a unified defense standardization program.   
  • The Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO) is the executive agent of the DSP and is under the leadership of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD R&E). 
  • DoD standardization policies and procedures are managed centrally by DSPO and the Military Departments and the Defense Agencies, by Departmental Standardization Offices (DepSOs).
  • The process for making standardization decisions and documenting those decisions is decentrally executed by document management activities.
  • ASSIST is DoD's tool for managing, storing and distributing defense specifications and standards developed and used by the department.