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The role of specifications and standards in the Department of Defense acquisition process

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Authors
Konetski, Mark L.
Subjects
Standards
Standardization
Specifications
Advisors
Carrick, Paul M.
Date of Issue
1986-06
Date
June 1986
Publisher
Language
en_US
Abstract
The purpose of this research was to investigate the role of the nongovernment standards setting bodies and the Department of Defense in the standards setting process, and; current DoD initiatives to streamline the acquisition process via more efficient selection and application of standards and specifications. Discussions and analyses were conducted in the areas of private standards setting organizations, motives for developing and using standards, various types of standards, and some problems encountered regarding the use or non-use of standards. Attention was focused on Department of Defense (DoD) policies and procedures for the development and adoption of standards and specifications and methods of interacting with nongovernment standards setting organizations. Specific examples were discussed regarding specification and standardization problems in the DoD followed by review of the DoD's Streamlining Initiative. Conclusions reached were: Methods used by the DoD to develop, write, and adopt standards and specifications were undecipherable from current literature; DoD specifications and standards are applied in a haphazard manner, and; The Streamlining Initiative is a successful step in solving some of the DoD's problems with overspecification.
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Administrative Sciences
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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Format
73 p.
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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