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Challenges in DoD Acquisition: Reliability Design and Assessment in a Post-MIL-STD World
Keywords: Acquisition, Standardization, WSARA
Acquisition reform efforts of the 1990's included canceling numerous defense standards including MIL-STD-785. Other standards were downgraded to handbooks with the most significant of these being MIL-HDBK-217. The focus on performance based contracts led to significant unintended consequences such as the foundering of research and development in the practice and application of reliability, a focus on lowest possible acquisition per unit costs which limited early life cycle investment is design for reliability activities, and an over reliance on the supplier.
Grant Schmieder, Senior Reliability Engineer
Frederick, MD

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