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Demilitarization and Disposal

Demilitarization and Disposal 

Demilitarization renders safe and eliminates functional capabilities and inherent military design features from both serviceable and unserviceable DoD materiel.  Disposal is the process of reusing, transferring, donating, selling, destroying, or other ultimate disposal of excess surplus and foreign excess property.  Programs should ensure that demilitarization and disposal requirements are incorporated into a system's design to minimize DoD liabilities, reduce costs, and protect critical program information and technology.  PMs should ensure the DEMIL of materiel is accomplished in accordance with DoDI 4160.28, DoD Demilitarization Program. During system design, the Systems Engineer supports the PM’s plans for the system’s demilitarization and disposal, through the identification and documentation of hazards and hazardous materials related to the system, using MIL-STD-882 (System Safety). For more information on demilitarization and disposal as a design consideration, see the Systems Engineering Guidebook, Section 5.7.