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) manages the program under the leadership of the Defense Standardization Executive, currently delegated to the Director, Engineering Policy and Systems under 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 Officers (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.