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Military Standards
The Military Standards (Mil-Std) listed below are a collection of the most frequently used in acquisition. For a complete compressive list visit the following websites: and US DoD ASSIST 

Note: The DoD is starting to use civilian standards instead of the traditional Mil-Stds as with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Number Title Description Date
129 Rev P Logistics Standard: Marking for Shipment and Storage This standard provides the minimum requirements for uniform military marking for shipment and storage. Additional markings may be required by the contract or the cognizant activity. 19 Sep 07
202 Rev G Test Method Standard: Electronic and Electrical Component Parts This standard establishes uniform methods for testing electronic and electrical component parts, including basic environmental tests to determine resistance to deleterious effects of natural elements and conditions surrounding military operations, and physical and electrical tests. 8 Feb 02
461 Rev F Interface Standard: Requirements for the Control of Electromagnetic Interference Characteristics of Subsystems and Equipment This standard establishes interface and associated verification requirements for the control of the electromagnetic interference (EMI) emission and susceptibility characteristics of electronic, electrical, and electromechanical equipment and subsystems designed or procured for use by activities and agencies of the DoD. 10 Dec 07
464 Rev C Interface Standard: Electromagnetic Environmental Effects, Requirements for Systems This standard establishes electromagnetic environmental effects (E3) interface requirements and verification criteria for airborne, sea, space, and ground systems, including associated ordnance. 1 Oct 10
471 Rev A Maintenance Standard: Maintainability Verification / Demonstration / Evaluation (Cancelled) The purpose of this standard is to establish uniform procedures, test methods, and requirements for verification, demonstration, and evaluation of the achievement of specified maintainability requirements and for assessment of the impact of planned logistic support. 3 May 91
498 Software Standard: Software Development and Documentation The purpose of this standard is to establish uniform requirements for software development and documentation. 5 Dec 94
499 Rev B Systems Engineering Standard: SE Management This standard is to assist in defining, performing, managing and evaluating in systems engineering efforts in the acquisition process. 24 Aug 93
810 Rev G Test Method Standard: Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests This standard contains materiel acquisition program planning and engineering direction for considering the influences that environmental stresses have on materiel throughout all phases of its service life. 31 Oct 08
881 Rev C Standard Practice:Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)for Defense Materiel Items This standard provides the framework for DoD Program Managers to define their program’s WBS and also to defense contractors in their application and extension of the contract’s WBS. 3 Oct 11
882 Rev E Safety Standard: System Safety This standard practice addresses an approach useful in the management of environmental, safety, and health mishap risks encountered in the development, test, production, use, and disposal of DoD systems, subsystems, equipment, and facilities. 5 Nov 12
961 Rev E Standard Practice: Defense and Program Unique Specifications Formats and Content This standard establishes the format and content requirements for the preparation of defense specifications and program-unique specifications prepared either by DoD activities or by contractors for the DoD. 2 April 08
1916 Test Methods Standard: DoD Preferred Methods for Acceptance of Product” The purpose of this standard is to encourage defense contractors and other commercial organizations supplying goods and services to the U.S. Government to submit efficient and effective process control (prevention) procedures in place of prescribed sampling requirements. 1 April 96
2173 Maintenance Standard: Reliability Centered Maintenance The purpose of this standard is to detail the process for logistics support analysis that is conducted during the program initiation and full scale development phases of the weapon system or equipment life cycle. 21 Jan 86
3100 Technical Data Packages Details Technical Data Package 26 Feb 13
3022 Standard Practice: Documentation of VV&A for Modeling & Simulations This standard establishes templates for the four core products of the Modeling and Simulation Verification, Validation, and Accreditation processes. 28 Jan 08
Other Resources
Database US DoD ASSIST ASSIST is the management system that supports DoD Standardization Management Activities (SMAs) in establishing projects, coordinating draft documents, obtaining document numbers, and submitting documents for indexing.
Database A source of free downloads of government and military standards, specifications, handbooks, and documents
Reliability Reliability Document Website Military Directives, Handbooks and Standards Related to Reliability
Standards Defense Standardization Program DSP identifies, influences, develops, manages, and provides 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. See Defense Standardization Program page for more information
GAO Government Auditing Standard Guidance on GAGAS Requirements for Continuing Professional Education, Auditing standards for continuing professional education April 05
Specs Guide to Specifications Writing Use this guide as a general introduction to the principles that apply to specification writing.

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