2016 DSP Achievement Award Recipients

Distinguished Achievement Award Winner

B. Jon Klauenberg, U.S. Air Force, has provided unparalleled leadership in multiple areas of personnel safety, regarding electromagnetic standardization. Working with the NATO Medical Board, he helped transfer a NATO STANAG to the civil sector, then adopted it into NATO for Alliance use. He led the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety (IEEE-ICES) in developing a new civil standard, IEEE-C95.1-2345. Since exposure of electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions can occur from radars, communications, navigational aids, and directed energy weapons, it is essential internationally agreed upon limits for personnel exposure are standardized. Now STANAG 2345 directs users to civil standard, IEEE-C95.1-2345, which revises overly restrictive limits proposed by the E.U., and removes operational impacts restricting personnel from workspaces, especially in shipboard applications. Numerous entities have adopted the standard, and DoD has adopted it by reference in DoDI-6055.11, currently in final coordination.

Standardization Achievement Award Winners

  • The Army’s Laminated Polypropylene Composite Armor Team led an effort to characterize a polypropylene fiber while documenting quality assurance parameters for that fiber. This standardization effort enhances two aspects of DoD acquisition: (1) increasing the robustness of the industrial base for DoD armor material by adding an additional qualified product to the supplier base and (2) reducing the time to manufacture in an emergency situation. This team developed tests to ensure future polypropylene material bought by the DoD meets acceptable performance quality standards. This ensures that the Army is getting an adequate supply of high-quality composite armor produced by the most effective processing available today. As a result of their work, MIL-DTL-32549 will help ensure that the materials procured will provide our soldiers with the expected level of armor protection they need and deserve.
    Team members honored include:
    Richard J. Squillacioti, Brian R. Scott.

  • The Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command Standardization Office collaborated internally and externally to develop a DoD Manufacturing Process Standard, MIL-STD-3040,“Arc Welding of Armor Grade Steel.” This standard defines requirements for various arc-welding processes, fabrication, inspection, repair, and qualification of armor grade steel welds (wrought and cast armor grade steel).The standard improves quality by having standard requirements in qualifying both personnel and processes in armor welding. It is material specific (armor grade steel), which allows for better description and details in the welding process, the testing requirements, and the inspection. As a result, safety to the warfighter is enhanced due to the decrease in weld failures. Life-cycle cost goes hand in hand with the improvement in quality. With a decrease in weld defects and a more standard process, the costs are reduced. MIL- STD-3040 has been published in ASSIST, and is available for all of DoD and its contractors to use. Currently, government contractors such as General Dynamics, BAE, and Oshkosh have begun qualifying their welding personnel and welding processes per the new standard in anticipation of future contracts.
    Team members honored include:
    Bryan Pruess, Daniel Stearns, Matthew Rogers, Martin McDonnell, and Demetrios Tzelepis.

  • The Naval Air Systems Command’s Avionics Architecture Team (AAT), an integrated product team developed the technical and business framework for two open architecture initiatives known as the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) and Hardware Open Systems Technologies (HOST). The FACE and HOST technical standards establish and standardize the technical frameworks for software and hardware to enable the acquisition of affordable systems that promote rapid integration of portable capabilities across global defense programs. FACE and HOST provide the environments that will sustain the platforms and systems in use today and keep them technically relevant so they will safely and effectively bridge the gap until future aviation platforms are delivered. As a result of the AAT’s efforts with FACE and HOST, the Navy and other services will gain the ability to adapt to changing requirements, threats, and technology at a faster rate and continue to provide the warfighter with best-in-class capabilities.
    Team members honored include:
    Roderick Dailey, John Funk, Chris Kimmel, and Mike Hackert.

  • The Defense Logistics Agency’s Joint Fiber Optic Working Group (JFOWG) provides a forum dedicated to the standardization and commonality of fiber optic systems across DoD. JFOWG improves the safety, reliability, maintainability, supportability, cost-effectiveness, and overall readiness of DoD fiber optic systems. Over the past decade, JFOWG catalyzed the creation and update of fiber optic standards and documents. These standards and specifications are expected to help reduce DoD aviation platform lifecycle costs by reducing exposure to parts obsolescence, and increasing parts supportability. The fiber, cable, termini and splice parts specified in the MIL-Specs are also intended to reduce the logistics footprint by minimizing the number and type of parts to maintain in the fleet. Additionally, the creation of a NAVAIR fleet/field maintenance manual along with the MIL-Specs, has significantly reduced the ability of prime contractors to insert expensive proprietary, sole source, and non-obsolescence-proof solutions into the DoD aviation acquisition infrastructure.
    Team members honored include:
    Mary McWilliams and Mark Beranek.