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Primary Contacts

Gregory Saunders
Director, Defense Standardization Program
U.S. Department of Defense
8725 John J. Kingman Rd, Stop 5100
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6220
Phone: 703.767.6888
Fax: 703.767.6876

General Overview of Agency Activities

The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.

Overview of Regulatory Activities

U.S. DoD’s Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) is responsible for all acquisition and procurement policy matters in the Department of Defense (DoD). The DPAP office serves as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L), Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology (A&T), and the Defense Acquisition Board on acquisition/procurement strategies for all major weapon systems programs, major automated information systems programs, and services acquisitions.

DPAP enables the Service Components and Other Defense Agencies to effectively deliver equipment and services that meet the needs of the warfighter through innovative policy, guidance, and oversight. For more information:

. Access the DoD DPAP Website

Standards Used for Procurement

The U.S. DoD Defense Standardization Program was established 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.

. Learn more about the Defense Standardization Program

DoD is committed to the adoption and use of voluntary consensus standards (defined in DoD 4120.24-M as "non-Government standards"), where practical, instead of developing new or updating existing government specifications and standards. This policy is consistent with Public Law 104-113, the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (NTTAA)  and with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular No. A-119.

DoD policy encourages employees to participate as "equal partners" with private sector and other government employees on technical committees of the non-government standards (NGS) bodies that develop standards. Such participation ensures proper consideration of DoD requirements, enhances the technical knowledge of DoD personnel, and allows DoD employees to contribute their considerable technical capabilities to the development of "world class" national standards.

. Learn more about DoD Policy on “Non-Government” Standards

. Access a list of standards developing organizations from which DoD has adopted documents, including:

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