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Report on State of the Defense Standardization Program

Report on State of the Defense Standardization Program

Report on State of the Defense Standardization Program
Bill Kobren

Encourage readers who may not have already seen the 70th Anniversary edition of the “State of the Defense Standardization Program Report” to take a look at the report, available at the OUSD(R&E) Defense Standardization Program Office’s Anniversary Website. In addition to insights into DSPO activities related to information about key DSPO activities that include:

  • Defense Specifications, Standards, and Handbooks
  • Non-Government Standards
  • International Standardization
  • Data Item Descriptions
  • Modular Open Systems Approach
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Qualification
  • Parts Management
  • Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages
  • Counterfeit Parts
  • Government-Industry Data Exchange Program
  • Joint Standardization Boards

As a sidenote, the report highlights the longstanding alignment of “DSP training in partnership with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU).” In addition to specific learning assets, the report reiterates “…the integrated approach of DSPO and DAU collaboratively developing and delivering online and in person training via instructors, defense acquisition credentials, workshops, webcasts, and online knowledge sharing portals continues to provide the visibility and flexibility to disseminate standardization knowledge throughout DoD. This approach includes working with DAU and other partners for rapid knowledge sharing and delivery of relevant training to those who need to apply it to programs, projects, and tasks. In the future, we plan to offer bite-size video content to address educational needs in real time, pursue a standardization credential, and continue enhancing currents efforts to help DoD build a standards-savvy workforce” and reminds readers that “…the webinar platform and tools offered by DAU let the DSP deliver useful and relevant content in bite-sized chunks to a larger audience.”