Joint Standardization Board - Expeditionary Shelters & Basing Equipment (JSB-ESBE)




JSB-ESBE brings together DOD organizations and experts involved in expeditionary shelters and basing equipment (ESBE) and serves as an advisory body to the Service Headquarters, Joint Staff, and Office of Secretary of Defense for all matters relating to ESBE. Although each Service retains the authority to develop and procure assets as necessary to support its missions, JSB-ESBE has two fundamental functions:

  • Minimize duplication of effort across the Services with regard ESBE development and acquisition;
  • Advocate the use of standard ESBE to promote interoperability, improve supportability, and reduce life cycle cost.


To carry out its mission, JSB-ESBE assumes the following responsibilities -

  • Establish and amend, when necessary, the JSB's scope; roles and responsibilities; authorities and references; and procedures and processes (to include operating procedures and action plans).
  • Identify, catalog, and promote a standard collection of state of the art ESBE for DOD use.
  • Share information and available resources between the Services to minimize duplication of effort with regard to ESBE.
  • Promote interoperability in the development of ESBE solutions, both within and between Services. When Service-specific variants or non-standard ESBE prove to be necessary, promote interoperability to the greatest extent possible.
  • Promote the use of standard parts/components to reduce cost, reduce inventories, shorten logistic chains, and improve readiness.
  • Establish, promote, and continually improve upon joint processes and procedures that facilitate ESBE design, development, and acquisition activities.
  • Promote the use of standards and specifications during the development of ESBE that ensure adequate operational and environmental performance and compatibility with commercial and military transportation and material handling assets.
  • Interface with industry, academia, and government agencies as needed to keep pace with and stay informed of technological progress.
  • Establish and maintain consistent documentation of JSB proceedings.


The purview of JSB-ESBE is defined as follows -

  • Expeditionary shelters: Transportable structures designed to meet a functional requirement. They provide an environmentally controllable space for human habitation and use, and/or integrated equipment storage and operation.
    • Rigid wall shelter: A pre-sized structure (either non-expandable or expandable) comprised entirely of rigid structural components. The shelter is transported by land, sea, or air, and requires minimal site preparation and no specialized set up.
    • Soft wall shelter: A pole or frame (either rigid or inflatable) supported fabric structure that is transported and then set up or assembled on site.
    • Hybrid shelter: A structure comprised of a combination of rigid and fabric components that is transported and then set up or assembled on site.
  • Basing equipment: The equipment required by the Services to establish an expeditionary or temporary base for operations and life support. Such equipment includes hygiene systems, environmental control systems, water production and distribution systems, waste/wastewater handling systems, and field feeding systems.