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DoD Standards Reform - Background

From DoD Joint Technical Architecture, Version 2.0, 26 May 1998, Appendix C.1

The DoD Standards Reform was begun in June 1994 when the Secretary of Defense issued his memorandum entitled "Specifications and Standards - A New Way of Doing Business". The Secretary of Defense directed that performance-based specifications and standards or nationally-recognized private sector standards be used in future acquisitions. The intent of this initiative is to

The Defense Standards Improvement Council (DSIC) directs implementation of the Reform. The DSIC has interpreted and extended the Reform policy through a series of numbered OSD policy memos. These policy memos and other DSIC decisions, newsletters and other standardization related information are posed on the Defense Standardization Program (DSP) World Wide Web home page at: