2020 DSP Achievement Award Recipients


Distinguished Achievement Award Winner

  • Development of DoD Configuration Management Portfolio with MIL-HDBK-61B

Previously, various Configuration Management (CM) standardization documentation was 
managed within various government activities, and CM implementation was unique between 
DoD activities. Different CM processes and methods resulted in extra management costs for 
multiple standardization documents, extra training support structures, and inefficiencies with 
CM employees or Technical Data Packages (TDP) transferring between Program Offices. 

The CM Integrated Product Team (IPT) and Steering Committee developed and actively 
managed the government and international standards committee with the creation of a new 
CM portfolio. The latest player within the CM portfolio is the updated government MIL-
HDBK61B, replacing the old MIL-HDBK-61A handbook. This new handbook serves as a pointer 
to the various CM documents within the portfolio to cover DoD activities.

To provide a coordinated government response to the development of this CM
portfolio, a cross-functional committee was set up in partnership with the Office of the 
Secretary of Defense (OSD) umbrella.

The original effort was spearheaded by the USAF and eventually transferred to the US Navy 
to complete development and release of the MIL-HDBK-61B. Designated team members from 
OSD, USAF, US Army, USMC, and US Navy held several on-site meetings and telecons to develop 
the final document over a three-year period.

CM is the first broad process portfolio that has successfully completed this type
of transfer, resulting in $4.5M/year in Reduced Total Ownership Costs (RTOC) across the DoD
umbrella. Other efficiencies include faster product development speed and quality 

Team members honored include: Patty Fenwick, Bob Flagg, Daniel Christensen, Tom Schneider and Bruce Burnside


Standardization Achievement Award Winners

  • Miniature Microminiature (2M)/Module Test and Repair (MTR) Program; U.S. Navy Sea Systems Command 

Each year, Military Departments spend billions of dollars on repair contracts for CCAs and EMs. 
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and other vendors are costly, and often fail to meet 
the demand timelines for emergent equipment repairs. The 2M/MTR Program develops 
computer-aided test routines (Gold Disk) for troubleshooting and fault isolation of specific 
circuit cards. The uniqueness of the Gold Disk test routine is that once developed and verified it 
is shared with every 2M/MTR station throughout the world.  The nominees for this award 
include the “best of the best” selected from each of the supporting In-Service Engineering 
Agents (ISEAs). Each nominee is integrated as a member of the ISEA team but have set 
themselves apart by their steadfast dedication and commitment to excellence. The Program 
has trained and certified technicians supporting every mission and warfare area that employs 
any form of electronics for execution. Currently there are over 2,100 certified technicians on 
ships and shore stations throughout the world making a wide range of repairs.

Team members honored include: Michael Bruzan, Scott Doherty, Dennis Blair, John Preston, Brett Estes


  • Development of Military Specification covering Bulk Metal Foil Chip Resistors for Established Reliability and Space Level (MIL-PRF-32663); Defense Logistics Agency

The project started with a request made during the May 2012 SAE CE-11 committee meeting.
Committee members expressed a desire to have bulk metal foil resistors covered in a military 
specification.  Mr. Ernst’s first step was conducting an engineering practice study to determine 
if the existing resistor chip specification, MIL-PRF-55342, could be modified to accommodate 
the new resistors.  Through the study, it was determined that a new specification was the 
preferred way forward due to the differences between the current film and the new foil resistor 

Mr. Ernst is the Defense Logistics Agency’s lead resistor expert and leader in this effort from the 
inception of the initial concept to the publishing of the documents.  He led a working group 
consisting of members from NASA, the military services, The Aerospace Corporation, SAE CE-11 
committee members, resistor manufacturers, and major original equipment manufacturers 
including Boeing and Raytheon.  Andrew led the bi-weekly conference calls, organized the 
schedule, updated the draft documents after the meetings, and kept the program moving.

The new resistors will provide the military services, NASA, and the industry with reliable and 
extremely stable resistors needed for their missions.  Military resistors have not been able to 
meet the extremely stable resistor requirements that are needed for precision applications.  
The new resistors will meet these needs and are expected to be utilized in many future military 
and NASA systems for many years.

Individual honor: Mr. Andrew Ernst