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World Standards Day 2021 - Our Shared Vision For A Better World!
World Standards Day 2021 Poster


The world's leading developers of international standards: the IECISO and the ITU.

The three organizations collaborate on a number of initiatives, under the banner of the World Standards Cooperation.


Standards touch almost every part of our daily lives.

They ensure that products and services work the way that we expect them to, making life safer and more enjoyable.

Standards are essential to achieving the 2030 Agenda and creating a fairer, more sustainable world.


Together with our members, we are celebrating standards as a global community.

Whether it's those who already contribute to the development of standards, those who work with standards, or those who want to find out more, World Standards Day is a global celebration of the power of standardization.


Each year on 14 October, the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as International Standards.

 World Standards Day 2021 is about our shared vision for a better world. Learn more about the theme in this message from IEC, ISO and ITU.

The Defense Standardization Program will will join our standardization stakeholders across the globe by participating in ANSI's Virtual World Standards Week 2021, October 25-29th! Virtual events will include greater use of video, networking and chat rooms, and dialogue between presenters and attendees when possible.

Registration(s) are now open for the aformentioned event, please join us!

DAU's Defense Standardization Program Workshop Registrations Now Open

Departmental Standardization Officers,
The Defense Standardization Program Office is supporting a virtual DSP Workshop hosted by the Defense Acquisition University on November 2, 2021.  The Defense Standardization Workshop covers DoD policies and procedures for the development, management, and use of nongovernment standards, commercial item descriptions, and specifications and standards.
Please see attached registration form and disseminate as widely as possible.  Registration closes on October 22nd and class slots are limited.  Please send any questions my way.

Contact: Nicole Daddario Dumm
Defense Standardization Program Office


New Release: U.S. Department Of Defense Announces New Diminishing Manufacturing Sources And Material Shortages Management Instruction

On, November 5, 2020, The Honorable Ellen Lord, signed DoD DMSMS Management Instruction DoDI 4245.15 promulgating comprehensive DMSMS management regulations. Per the Instruction, it is DoD policy to:

  • Establish and implement risk-based, proactive DMSMS management throughout the life cycle of all DoD items.
  • Evaluate all DoD system designs and redesigns for potential DMSMS issues that could arise during the life cycle of DoD items.
  • Implement resolutions, if necessary, to minimize or eliminate risks and negative impacts (e.g., cost, schedule delays, readiness) resulting from DMSMS issues throughout the life cycle of DoD items.
  • Implement improvements to DMSMS management processes throughout the life cycle of all DoD items across the DoD enterprise.

Key highlights include:

  • Designating the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment as the principal for DMSMS management within DoD
  • Requiring the Defense Contract Management Agency to develop and implement a surveillance process to report the performance of contractors' DMSMS management activities and identify risks to DoD customers as authorized by contract
  • Directing Component Heads to establish DMSMS management metrics and internal reporting requirements to reduce cost and improve efficiency
  • Mandating that Program Offices and other DMSMS performing organizations develop and maintain a DMSMS Management Plan to document proactive, risk-based DMSMS management processes

On December 2nd George Mason University (GMU) hosted a webinar focused on this new policy. The OSD DMSMS lead, Ms. Robin Brown, gave an excellent summary of the Instruction and Bill Kobren from DAU described the training resources available to all in this area. The panel also engaged with each of the Service DMSMS leads, who each heavily contributed to the drafting of the Instruction, with specific questions about how the new DoDI would impact their respective organizations.

There were 475 attendees from government, industry, academia, and not-for-profits all over the country that participated in this discussion!  It was GMU's biggest event ever and they could not keep up with the questions coming in from the audience. We are pleased to share the slide deck—full of useful information on the instruction and implementation resources—and a link to the video recording:

Robin Brown
OSD DMSMS Program Manager

In Keynote, Ansi's S. Joe Bhatia Addresses Standardization's Reach Across Technologies, Including Ai, 5g, And Unmanned Aircraft Systems

From protecting the health and safety of citizens, to driving new and emerging technologies and facilitating trade, ANSI's president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia highlighted the power of standardization and conformity assessment during his keynote address at the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD) State of the Defense Standardization Program Virtual Conference on October 14, 2020. He recognized how active ANSI collaboratives, driven by the support of public- and private-sector experts, help advance U.S. leadership in critical technologies, including AI, 5G, and UAS.

Mr. Bhatia joined the 2020 State of the Defense Standardization Program (DSP) Conference, which took place over two days via online sessions that included standardization stakeholders from around the globe. He started his session with powerful statistics: There are more than 100,000 standards in the U.S. developed by about 500 standards developing organizations – or SDOs – and hundreds of consortia. Moreover, in action, standardization's reach has a tremendous impact: The U.S. Department of Commerce statistics reveal that 93% of global goods exports rely on conformance to standards. "The bottom line is: standardization is at the heart of U.S. competitiveness, prosperity, and quality of life," Mr. Bhatia noted.

The keynote session also addressed collaborative standardization initiatives that have powerful, real-world impact on growing sectors, such as 5G, AI, and unmanned aircraft systems.

Link: Advancing U.S. Leadership In Critical Technologies Through Standards


2020 State of the DSP Virtual Conference

On October 13-14, the Defense Standardization Program Office hosted their first State of the DSP Virtual Conference with simulcast streaming via Zoom and WebEx to an audience of approximately 400 registered participants. 

This two-day online conference brought together standardization stakeholders from around the globe for education, training, information sharing and networking opportunities.

Conference Proceedings

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, 12:00-5:00 pm EST

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, 12:00-5:00 pm EST

DSP Tools Training, 9:00-11:00 am

Conference Proceedings can also be accessed online at


Updated Federal Standardization Manual (2020) Available Online



The Federal Standardization Manual (2020) [PDF - 1 MB] provides guidance for users to ensure consistency and relevance of product information. The large number of products used by federal agencies requires some standardization, commercial item descriptions, and other basic terms and conditions.


 The Defense Standardization Roundtable (DSR) Site Launch


When: September 24th, 2020


On September 24, 2020, the Defense Standardization Roundtable (DSR) will launch a team site located at

The DSR team site is for designated DoD and contractor personnel who participate in the development and implementation of international standardization agreements developed by multinational organization (e.g., NATO). 

If you are interested in gaining access to the DSR team site, please send an email to Ms. Lisa English at Ms. English will provide you with the information required to gain access to the site.


State of the Defense Standardization Program: An Overview of the DSP


The Defense Standardization Program (DSP) is a comprehensive, integrated, standardization program linking Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition, operational, sustainment, and related Military and civil communities. The Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO) serves as the executive agent, under the oversight of the Defense Standardization Executive and Defense Standardization Council, for the centrally managed and decentrally executed DSP. The DSP exists to identify, influence, develop, manage, and provide access to standardization processes, products and services for warfighters, the acquisition community, and the logistics community to promote interoperability, reduce total ownership costs, and sustain readiness.

In 2020, DoD continues to experience rapid changes in technology, threats, and operational environments as well as a significant turnover of the DoD workforce. The "State of the DSP" is intended to provide an overview of the DSP's programs, tools, and training. It outlines the capabilities, challenges, and initiatives of the DSP to maintain and modernize tools, processes, and standardization documents and to leverage modern technological capabilities to better serve the needs of the engineers, logistcians, and acquisition workforce. It serves as a snapshot in time of DSP programs and initiatives, and a reference and introduction for standardization professionals, engineers, logisticians, and acquisition professionals new to the DSP.

This report provides a brief description of each of the programs in DSPO. Each section begins with a "Scope and Purpose" and closes with a candid view of "Challenges." Between those, relevant statistics, tools, processes, and current statuses are described.


State of the Defense Standardization Program: An Overview Of The DSP


​State of the Defense Standardization Program Virtual Conference

When: October 13-14th, 2020 – 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: Registrations Open August 7th, 2020

Description:  Mark your calendars! The Defense Standardization Program is scheduled to host its first State of the DSP Virtual Conference on 13-14 October 2020. Registration to begin on August 7, 2020. 

In this webinar, the Defense Standardization Executives and Standardization Professionals discuss current initiatives and what the next 5 years hold for Standardization. 


State of the DSP Virtual Conference


Strategic Parts and Material Management: A Proactive Lifecycle Approach to Handle Obsolescence

Description: In a world driven by automation and technology advancement, obsolescence is inevitable. It is not a matter of "If" it will impact system supportability, but "when." The problem is not obsolescence; it is how we manage the challenges it represents. Robin Brown, Part and DMSMS Management Program Manager for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and David Greinke, a Senior Consultant at LMI, will discuss how to use a proactive parts and obsolescence management approach throughout a system's lifecycle to reduce costs and risks to the warfighter mission.


Strategic Parts and Material Management: A Proactive Lifecycle Approach to Handle Obsolescence


Online Learning Webinars:  Standardization Topics


Join the DSP and special guests for periodic webinars on a variety of topics related to standardization policy, procedures, and management.  The webinars are free and open to DoD personnel and contactors.

URL: Online Learning Webinars: Standardization Topics


Administrative Notices for Data Item Descriptions

The DSPO Director has recently signed a memorandum that provides guidance on the use of Administrative Notices for Data Item Descriptions (DIDs).

Per the memorandum, "Effective immediately, Preparing Activities are authorized to submit Administrative Notices for Data Item Descriptions (DIDs) to allow for non-technical changes to be made quickly and without the need for a project number or coordination. Administrative Notices shall be issued only for DIDs in an active status."


Administrative Notice Memorandum to SMAs - 16-JUL-2020


Key Considerations For Standardization Management

Where: Virtual Meeting Hosted via WebEx

When: September 15th, 2020 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)


Please join us on September 15th for a webinar on the topic of "Key Consideration for Standardization Management " given by Ms. Latasha Beckman, Deputy Director of the Defense Standardization Program Office.

This training will provide guidance on policy, procedures and information technology tools used by DoD personnel and contractors to manage NATO standardization documents.

Registration/Access Information:

 Key Considerations for Standardization Management


Standards + Innovations Awards 2020:

Where: Click Here to Register Online

When: September 10th, 2020 - 1000 (Paris)  0400 (EST)


The CEN-CENELEC Innovation Plan aims to strengthen CEN's and CENELEC's links with the research & innovation communities.

As part of this plan, CEN and CENELEC launched in 2019 the Standards+Innovation Awards to celebrate the important contribution of research and innovation to standardization.

During this webinar you will hear more about the CEN-CENELEC Innovation Plan and the Standards+Innovation Awards 2020 will be presented.

The Standards+Innovation Awards ceremony covers one award to a European research and innovation project which has successfully addressed standardization, and one award to an individual researcher/innovator who achieved a successful integration of research or innovation and standardization.


8th Annual SERC Doctoral Students Forum & 12th Annual SERC Sponsor Research Review

Where: Hosted Virtually via Webinar

When: November 17-18th, 2020


This two-day event unites all sectors of the systems engineering research community–government, industry, and university–and provides an opportunity to share progress on research and how to address the most challenging systems engineering issues facing the Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal departments and agencies.


The Systems Engineering Research Center is a University-Affiliated Research Center (UARC) of the US Department of Defense, leverages the research and expertise of faculty, staff, and student researchers from more than 20 collaborating universities throughout the United States. SERC is unprecedented in the depth and breadth of its reach, leadership, and citizenship in Systems Engineering.



BSI Develops Specification on Standardization Management


"MBDA Systems, the European leader in Defence Systems, first identified its concept of a standards management system around the turn of this century. The concept was proposed in response to the growing number of customer and supplier contracts and the standards called up within them. The challenge was to form a standards management system whereby the business could be effective in ensuring compliance to the multitude of standards in its contracts, whilst seeking to minimise risk and overheads to the business and its customers.

By 2010, a system was operational and supporting the business in each of its domestic countries. This was designed on the three core drivers of delivering proximity services, establishing and maintaining standards knowledge, and promoting business and industry interests within standardization developing organizations. The model has now significantly matured with standards experts engaged across the business to support the work and the introduction of a fourth driver – this being collaborative working with core customers to continually review and maintain optimised 'a la carte' standards lists to minimise time to contract and related costs.

The MBDA model is recognised by many in industry as the benchmark for a structured strategic approach to standardization management, and has in part been the catalyst for the development of the new standard on standardization management, BS 202000:2020 Standardization Management System."

David C J Robinson
External Standardization Manager. MBDA Systems, UK
Active DEF/1 Technical Committee Member.

Article Link:BS 202000 Article - MBDA 06-08-2020.docx.pdf


Update: State of the Defense Standardization Program

When: October 13-14th, 2020 – 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: Registrations Open!


We are excited to share that registration for the 2020 State of the Defense Standardization Program (DSP) virtual conference is now open! The conference agenda will be spread out over a two-day period on 13-14 October 2020 with short 5-hour days to ensure content is delivered in more digestible segments.   

Attendees will be able to participate virtually in vital conversations around standardization in support of interoperability, modular open system approaches (MOSA) efforts, cybersecurity, parts management, digital engineering, and more.  Since networking has always been a cornerstone of DSP conferences, attendees will be able to partake in interactive and engaging experiences through a virtual conference platform.

In addition, we will be offering a DSP Tools virtual training opportunity on October 14th, 9am-11am.

Details about the State of the DSP virtual conference are provided below:

Registration Required. While access to the conference will be free to everyone, standardization stakeholders must register to participate in this event.  A registration form is attached for your convenience.  All registered participants will receive a calendar invitation and instructions on how to participate in the virtual event.

Agenda. A preliminary list of session topics is currently available through the conference website located at; the final schedule will be available by Tuesday, September 15, 2020.  Please continue to check this website for updates!

We look forward to your participation at this event!


Defense Standardization Program Office

Registration Form:



​On this day in 1952, the implementation of the Defense Cataloging and Standardization Act heralded the establishment of the Defense Standardization Program. July 1st marks the 68th Anniversary since the inception of the Defense Standardization Program. Please join us in celebrating its ongoing efforts to promote standardization within the DoD to better assist the Warfighter. To learn more about the DSP, its endeavors and how it facilitates the DoD please visit and the State of the Defense Standardization Program.


Coordination on the Implementation of ISAs

When: June 23rd, 2020 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)

Where: Online via DAU Sponsored WebEx

Description: This training webinar is a direct result of feedback received from DoD personnel and defense contractors who develop, manage, publish and, in some cases, ratify standardization documents for use within DoD.

Flyer:Coordination on the Implementation of ISAs Webinar (Info)


​Planning for Obsolescence - It's Not Optional!

When: July 23rd, 2020 - 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

Where: Click this link to Register Online

Description: You are invited to join the Council of Logistics Engineering Professionals for our Lunch and Learn Webinar with Mr. Michael A. Graham and Mr. William D. Frazier.  Mr. Graham is currently the Air Force DMSMS Policy and Training Program Manager in 429th Supply Chain Management Squadron within the 448th Supply Chain Management Wing headquartered at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Mr. Frazier serves as the National Lead for NAE Diminishing Diminished Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) and the Supply Support Logistics Element Manager in the NAVAIR/NAWCAD Missions Systems Sustainment Group, at the PAX River Naval Air Station. Their talk will cover the contents of a DMSMS Management Plan to include Purpose/Scope/Applicability, DMSMS Management Team, DMSMS Analysis, DMSMS Risk Management, Funding, Contract Requirements, and Metrics.

Flyer: Lunch & Learn 2020


ASTM Compass: How to Keep Pace with Changing Standards

When: Thursday, July 16th, 2020 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Where: ASTM Webinar Online Registration


ASTM Compass provides 24/7 online access to the content developed by ASTM's worldwide network experts. Instantly access any of the ASTM's 12,000+ standards, as well as AASHTO, AATCC, API, and UOP standards whenever and whereever you need them. Compass provides you one of the most comprehensive libraries of technical information available in the world. Q&A session will immediately follow the presentation with Compass Product Manager, Lisa Palmer.

You'll Learn About:

  • Exclusive tools inside Compass such as annotations, version comprison and redlines
  • Digital Library
  • Other Publishers' content
  • Training Videos
  • New Compass Updates
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