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Defense Standardization Program Office

We 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 . . . read more

Systems Engineering

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (ODASD(SE)) is the focal point for all policy, practice, and procedural matters relating to Department of Defense . . . read more

Logistics and Materiel Readiness

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness serves as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics . . . read more

Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy

On behalf of the entire AT&L Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy team, I welcome you to our website. I hope you will find the content relevant, easy to use, and beneficial as we carry out . . . read more

Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy

DPAP is responsible for all Contracting and Procurement policy matters including e-Business in the Department of Defense (DoD). DPAP executes that policy through the timely update of the DFARS, . . . read more


September DAU E-newsletter

The September DAU E-newsletter is a publication highlighting the latest updates on learning assets, policies, news, and initiatives of interest to the defense acquisition workforce.

SD-22 Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Guidebook

August 2012: A Guidebook of Best Practices for Implementing a Robust DMSMS Management Program

New Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Portal Launched

The DoD Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Working Group, the Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO), the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP), and the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) are pleased to announce the collaborative launch of an all new DMSMS Knowledge Sharing Portal (DKSP) as part of the DAU Logistics Community of Practice (LOG CoP).

This new DMSMS Knowledge Sharing Portal (DKSP) is supported by the Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO) to serve as a unbiased source of products, services, information, educational resources, data interchange techniques, interactive forums, and related material. The intent is to empower the DoD acquisition and sustainment community, both organic and industry, to develop and implement best practices for monitoring, tracking, resolving, and performing logistic and engineering analyses to proactively mitigate the impacts of diminishing manufacturing source, material shortages, and obsolescence. Resources available within the DKSP are extensive and include a comprehensive listing of DMSMS related tools (both no cost and subscription based), training materials, a comprehensive library (containing directives, manuals, presentations/papers, and newsletters), and a related calendar of events, as well as links to other useful sites and points of contact.

For long-time members of the government DMSMS community, please note the resources available from the former DMSMS DKSP website at www.dmsms.org have migrated to this new location. To ease the transition, the earlier www.dmsms.org web link will continue to be available, and will automatically redirect visitors to the new DMSMS DKSP at https://acc.dau.mil/dmsms.

In addition, please be aware that the DMSMS Working Group and DAU have collaborated to make five DMSMS-related web-based training modules available to members of the defense acquisition workforce, as well as to other DoD and federal government employees and their industry counterparts. Additional information is available at:

  • CLL 201 DMSMS Fundamentals
  • CLL 202 DMSMS Executive Overview
  • CLL 203 DMSMS Essentials
  • CLL 204 DMSMS Case Studies
  • CLL 205 DMSMS for Technical Professionalst

DMSMS Plan Builder

The DMSMS Plan Builder is a document generation tool that assists in the development of DMSMS Management Plans (DMPs). Through easy to navigate question-and-answer sessions, users are able to build comprehensive, expert-based DMPs with the Plan Builder. Logic built into the tool determines which questions need to be answered and an embedded help system provides guidance to help in answering each question. The DMSMS Plan Builder is currently available for free to all DoD and industry personnel. It is part of the module suite within the Systems Planning and Requirements Software (SYSPARS) document generation . . . read more

Strategic and Critical Materials 2011 Report on Stockpile Requirements

This 2011 National Defense Stockpile (NDS) Requirements Report on strategic and critical materials is submitted to Congress by the Department of Defense (DOD) pursuant to Section 14 of the Strategic and Critical Materials Stock Piling Act (see Appendix 4). Section 14 requires that NDS requirements be based on: (1) a military conflict scenario consistent with the scenario used by the Secretary of Defense in budgeting and defense planning purposes; and (2) those materials necessary to replenish or replace, within three years of the end of the conflict scenario, all munitions, combat support items, and weapon systems that would be required after such a military conflict. . . read more

The Strategic and Critical Materials Stock Piling Act (50 U.S.C. 98 et seq.)

The Congress finds that the natural resources of the United States in certain strategic and critical materials are deficient or insufficiently developed to supply the military, industrial, and essential civilian needs of the United States for national defense. It is the purpose of this Act to provide for the acquisition and retention of stocks of certain strategic and critical materials and to encourage the conservation and development of sources of such materials within the United States and thereby to decrease and to preclude, when possible, a dangerous and costly dependence by the United States upon foreign sources for supplies of such materials in times of national emergency. The purpose of the National Defense Stockpile is to serve the interest of national defense only. The National Defense Stockpile is not to be used for economic or budgetary purposes. . . read more



This web resource provides easy-to-use, self-paced educational tools for everyone who wants or needs an introduction to standards and conformity assessment activities. Our e-Learning content highlights the value and importance of standards and compliance programs in the U.S. and around the globe. Make your way through the courses and explore our related educational resources and you'll gain an understanding of key organizations and processes.

The e-Learning courses shown below are free and provided as a public service of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI):

Short Course: Through History with Standards This quick overview will demonstrate how standards have evolved over time.
U.S. Standards System - Today and Tomorrow This course provides an overview of the U.S. standards development environment, examples of the various types of standards and sources and explains how standards development relates to national and international business.
Short Course: Legal Issues in Standard-Setting This course will outline how U.S. antitrust and intellectual property (IP) rules may apply to the standards development process.


Counterfeit Prevention Guidance

Counterfeit items are a serious threat to the safety and operational effectiveness of Department of Defense (DoD) systems. The Department is developing, with the participation of your staffs, policy . . . read more

February 2012 GAO Report to the Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate

Suspect Counterfeit Electronic Parts Can Be Found on Internet Purchasing Platforms. Suspect counterfeit and bogus—part numbers that are not associated with any authentic parts—military-grade . . . read more

November 2011 GAO Testimony to the Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate

Preliminary Observations Indicate That Counterfeit Electronic Parts Can Be Found on Internet Purchasing Platforms. Chairman Levin, Ranking Member McCain, and Members of the Committee: . . . read more

2011 IPEC Annual Report

2011 Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator's Annual Report on Intellectual Property Enforcement - from the report: " I am pleased to present the 2011 U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator's
("IPEC") Annual Report on Intellectual Property Enforcement. It has been over a year and a half since my office issued the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement ("Strategy") with significant public input and the coordinated efforts of Federal agencies including the U.S. Departments of Agriculture ("USDA"), Commerce ("DOC"), Health and Human Services ("HHS"), Homeland Security ("DHS"), Justice ("DOJ"), State, and the Treasury, the U.S. Trade Representative ("USTR") and the U.S. Copyright Office. The Strategy set forth thirty-three action items organized under six overarching principles designed to improve intellectual property enforcement thereby protecting innovation, strengthening the economy, supporting American jobs, and promoting exports in intellectual property-related sectors by increasing intellectual property enforcement."
Supply chain issues can be found on page 42 and an update on the US government-wide working group on preventing government purchase of counterfeit products.

The IPEC January/February Spotlight Newsletter

SASC Counterfeit Electronic Parts Report and Press Release

The Senate Armed Services Committee released their report on counterfeit electronic parts as well as a press release on the report. The report summarizes the results of their year-long investigation as well as the hearing held in November.

Product Support

Product Support Manager's Conference, June 5-7, 2012

The purpose of the conference was to stimulate dialogue among government officials, industry executives, and academia on integrating government and industry for improved product support. The three-day event featured Government and Industry keynote presentations, a panel discussion on Product Support Expectations and Challenges, and two strategic Product Support Forums on Successfully Leading A Product Support Team and Developing, Implementing, and Executing a Life Cycle Product Support Strategy. Link to conference presentations