MIL-STD-3058, “Occupant-Centric Protection for Military Ground Vehicles,” was developed for the Occupant-Centric Platform Technology-Enabled Capability Demonstration (OCP TECD) program due to the need for a single-source document to provide information for designing military ground vehicles to accommodate the space required by soldiers, their gear, and underbody blast protection. The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center led the initiative, which was partnered with numerous organizations throughout DoD, industry, and academia. The OCP TECD standardization team persisted through the program complexity and magnitude of data to publish this standard, along with six performance specifications. This reduced the cost in unique requirements for each system and has improved performance, operational readiness, interoperability, safety, reliability, and quality related to soldier accommodation and underbody blast protection. MIL-STD-3058 and the performance specifications may be applied to future new vehicle acquisitions, legacy system upgrades, modifications to deployed military ground vehicles, and research activities related to occupant accommodation and survivability during an underbody blast event. Overall, developing this standard and its supporting specifications has improved survivability of the warfighter and the future force.
Team members: Sylvia G. Eid, Christine M. Wodzinski, Gale L. Zielinski, Scott J. Merritts, and Jeffrey L. Norkus.
- Driving Cost and Risk Out of the Navy’s Technical Standards
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) 05Z4, the Hull Deck and Auxiliary Systems Division of NAVSEA 05, focused efforts on addressing overage documents to increase the safety and reliability of equipment and systems, incorporate technological improvements and lessons learned, eliminate ambiguous requirements, and reduce overall cost and risk to the U.S. Navy. As part of their responsibilities as technical authorities, NAVSEA technical warrant holders (TWHs) are charged with maintaining technical standards, including developing, updating, and dispositioning Defense Standardization Program documents and other technical standards under their technical cognizance. NAVSEA 05Z4 reviewed documents to determine which, if any, could be easily and quickly addressed by way of validation, cancellation, inactivation for new design, and reaffirmation, based on use in recent and future procurements. The completion of 74 documents in FY17 has constituted nearly a $3 million cost savings for the Navy, with the savings applicable across Navy surface ships and submarines. Of the 389 specs and standards owned by SEA 05Z4 Division TWHs, more than 214 (55 percent) are now compliant with DoD Manual 4120.4 requirements, and 59 specs and standards are undergoing a maintenance action with estimated completion dates by July 2018.
Team members: David Breslin, William Calvert, Erin Babik, and Robert Galway.
- VIP Special Airlift Mission SLCS Integration Team Upgrades Communication System
The U.S. Air Force’s 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, also known as “Big Safari,” was assigned modernization, upgrade, and sustainment efforts of the Very Important Person Special Airlift Mission (VIPSAM) Senior Leader Communications Systems (SLCS) on the VIPSAM C-37, C-32, C-40, and VC-25 Air Force One fleet. The primary objective was to consolidate all mission communications modifications under one program office to achieve a common passenger experience and operator interface regardless of aircraft. The system provides high reliability and interoperability to afford our nation’s senior leadership the connectivity required to perform all business functions from daily tasks to matters of national leadership command capability. The operational requirements for the mission communication system upgrades yielded a single-system common passenger experience solution to be implemented across the Operational Support Airlift/Executive Airlift fleet. This modernization effort included the upgrade, modifications, sustainment, and logistical support for operational missions. The SLCS modernization upgrade gives the Air Force and DoD ultimate flexibility and improved capability without increasing budget requirements. The benefits of this standardization will be felt for decades across multiple commands, platforms, locations and Senior Leaders.
Team members: Robert Jackson, Robert Voigt, Denton Lester, Kevin Bradley, and Barry Bonnema.