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Military Handbooks
The Military Handbooks (Mil-Hdbk) listed below are a collection of the most frequently used acquisition Mil-Hdbks. For a complete comprehensive list visit the following websites: and US DoD ASSIST

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

Number Title Description Date
Rev A
Program Management: Configuration Management This handbook provides guidance to DoD managers assigned the responsibility for configuration management on how to ensure the application of product and data configuration management to defense materiel items, in each phase of their life cycle. 30 Sept 97
Rev A
Program Management:
Reliability Growth Management
This handbook provides procuring activities and development contractors with an understanding of the concepts and principles of reliability growth, advantages of managing reliability growth, and guidelines and procedures to be used in managing reliability growth. 10 Sep 09
Rev D
Systems Engineering:
Electromagnetic Environmental Effects and Spectrum Supportability Guidance for the Acquisition Process
This handbook provides guidance for establishing and implementing effective electromagnetic environmental effects (E3) control and spectrum supportability (SS) for the design, development, and procurement of Department of Defense (DoD) platforms, systems, subsystems, or equipment. 20 May 05
Rev D
Program Management:
Handbook for the Preparation of Statement of Work
This handbook provides guidance to enable personnel to create a completed contract Statement Of Work (SOW) applicable to any material acquisition life‑cycle phase.  It also covers the SOW preparation for non‑personal services contracts. 3 Apr 96
Rev A
Designing and Developing Maintainable Products and Systems
The handbook provides guidance to maintainability managers and engineers in developing and implementing a sound maintainability program for all types of products.
Maintainability Demonstration
4 Aug 97
502 Logistics:
Acquisition Logistics
This handbook offers guidance on acquisition logistics as an integral part of the systems engineering process. 30 May 97
Rev B
Program Management:
Airworthiness Certification Criteria
This handbook establishes the airworthiness certification criteria to be used in the determination of airworthiness of all manned and unmanned, fixed and rotary wing air vehicle systems. It is a foundational document to be used by the system program manager, chief/lead systems engineer, and contractors to define their air system’s airworthiness certification basis. 5 Feb 04
791 Maintainability:
Maintainability Design Techniques Metric
This handbook provides basic information on the design of equipment so that the equipment can be (a) serviced efficiently and effectively if servicing is required and (b) repaired efficiently and effectively if it should fail. 17 Mar 88
Rev A
Program Management:
Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
This handbook offers uniformity in definition and consistency of approach for developing the top levels of the WBS. 3 Jul 05
1785 Systems Engineering:
System Security Engineering Program Management Requirements
A guide that contains procedures for contracting an System Security Engineering (SSE)effort and the System Security Management Plan (SSMP). 1 Aug 95
4151.18-H Logistics:
Depot Maintenance Capacity & Utilization Measurement
This handbook provides updated guidance for a common methodology to measure and provide visibility of the capacity and utilization of DoD organic activities that perform depot-level maintenance of military materiel. 1 Mar 07
5200.1-H Security:
Handbook for Writing Security Classification Guides
The primary purpose of this Handbook is to provide assistance to those who are responsible for the writing of a security classification guide, some discussion of classification and declassification principles is warranted. Nov 99
5205.02-M Security:
DoD Operations Security (OPSEC) Program Manual
It is DoD policy according to establish and maintain OPSEC programs to ensure national security-related missions and functions are protected. This Manual lists baseline requirements.  3 Nov 08
70450.7H Program Management:
Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) Structure Handbook
This Handbook covers the structure of the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) for all major force programs. April 04
7600.07-M Auditing:
DoD Audit Manual
Assists DoD audit organizations in complying with the auditing standards in Comptroller General of the United States Standards. 13 Feb 09
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 Document Website Military Directives, Handbooks and Standards Related to Reliability
DoD Government Charge Card Guidebook 30 April 09


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Professional Organizations


Professional Organizations
Professional Organizations are usually a nonprofit organization seeking to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession, and the public interest. They focus on education, career field development, jobs, mentorship, and networking.  They can also offer insight into how the industry works and how to navigate it. Below is a list of the top professional organizations that members of the Aerospace community belong to.
Name Description
Professional Services Council The Professional Services Council (PSC) is the national trade association of the government professional and technical services industry. PSC helps shape public policy, leads strategic coalitions, and works to build consensus between government and industry PSC’s more than 330 member companies represent small, medium, and large businesses that provide professional services to federal agencies.
Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) PTACs are the bridge between buyer and supplier, bringing to bear their knowledge of both government contracting and the capabilities of contractors to maximize fast, reliable service to our government with better quality and at lower costs. PTAP was authorized by Congress in 1985 in an effort to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in the government marketplace.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. Created in 1963 by the merger of the two great aerospace societies of the day, the American Rocket Society (founded in 1930 as the American Interplanetary Society), and the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences (established in 1933 as the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences), AIAA carries forth a proud tradition of more than 75 years of aerospace leadership.
Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) The Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) is the worldwide authority for professionals dedicated to the process of winning business through proposals, bids, tenders, and presentations.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods. Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 120,000 members in over 150 countries worldwide.
American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) is the leading professional engineering society for engineers, scientists and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, outfit, operate and maintain complex naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft and their associated systems and subsystems. ASNE also serves the educators who train the professionals, researchers who develop related technology, and students who are preparing for the profession.
Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International is a non-profit professional association. It provides its members with the resources they need to enhance their performance and ensure continued growth and success. With over 7,500 members world-wide, AACE International serves cost management professionals in the disciplines of project management, estimating, risk management, and claims.
Program Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Institute (PMI) is one of the world’s largest professional membership associations, with half a million members and credential holders in more than 185 countries. It is a not-for-profit organization that advances the project management profession through globally recognized standards and certifications, collaborative communities, an extensive research program, and professional development opportunities.
International Council of Systems Engineers (INCOSE) The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded to develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE’s highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.
National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) stands today as the only national organization committed to addressing the professional concerns of licensed Professional Engineers (PE) across all disciplines. The society concerns itself with a variety of issues relating to engineering, including licensure and ethics, the image of the engineer, the rights of engineers at the national and state levels, news of the profession, and continuing education opportunities
Risk Management Association (RMA) The Risk Management Association (RMA) is a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association serving the financial services industry. Its sole purpose is to advance the use of sound risk principles in the financial services industry. RMA promotes an enterprise approach to risk management that focuses on credit risk, market risk, operational risk, securities lending, and regulatory issues.
Society of Industrial and Applied Mathmatics (SIAM) SIAM exists to ensure the strongest interactions between mathematics and other scientific and technological communities through membership activities, publication of journals and books, and conferences.
Society of Women Engineers(SWE) The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) stimulates women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.


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Federally Funded Research and Develpoment Center (FFRDC)


Federally Funded Research and Development Center
FAR 2.101: A Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) is an activity sponsored under a broad charter by the Government agency (or agencies) for the purpose of performing, analyzing, integrating, supporting, and/or managing basic or applied research and/or development, and that receives 70 percent or more of its financial support from the Government; and
1. A long-term relationship is contemplated;
2. Most or all of the facilities are owned or funded by the Government; and
3. The FFRDC has access Government and supplier data, employees, and facilities beyond that common in a normal contractual relationship
Logo Name Description
Aerospace Corporation Logo Aerospace Corporation The Aerospace Corporation’s is sponsored by the United States Air Force, and provides objective technical analyses and assessments for space programs that serve the national interest. Aerospace supports long-term planning and the immediate needs of our nation’s military and reconnaissance space programs. Located at Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo, CA.
MITRE Logo MITRE Corporation The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit organization chartered to work in the public interest. They have expertise in systems engineering, information technology, operational concepts, and enterprise modernization to address critical needs.
IDA Logo Institute for Defense Analyses Studies and Analyses The Institute for Defense Analyses that provides objective analyses of national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise, and conduct related research on other national challenges.
RAND Corporation Logo RAND Corporation RAND helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. It is currently financed by the U.S. government and private endowment, corporations including the healthcare industry, universities and private individuals. The organization has long since expanded to working with other governments, private foundations, international organizations, and commercial organizations on a host of non-defence issues. RAND aims for interdisciplinary and quantitative problem solving via translating theoretical concepts from formal economics and the hard sciences into novel applications in other areas; that is, via applied science and operations research. Michael D. Rich is president and chief executive officer of the RAND Corporation. (Wikipedia)
CNA Logo The Center for Naval Analyses Corporation CNA’s Center for Naval Analyses is a research center for the Navy and Marine Corps. The Center provides research and analyses services to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. national defense efforts.
Lincoln Laboratory Logo MIT Lincoln Laboratory MIT Lincoln Laboratory is chartered to apply advanced technology to problems of national security. Research and development activities focus on long-term technology development as well as rapid system prototyping and demonstration. These efforts are aligned within key mission areas.
Logo Software Engineering Institute The SEI conducts software engineering research in acquisition, architecture and product lines, process improvement and performance measurement, security, and system of systems and dependability.
Master List of FFRDC A list of all FFRDC recognized by the federal government
OSD FFRDC Memo Memorandum for Federally Funded Research and Development Center Managment Plan and “How To Guide”


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Navy & Marine


Navy & Marines
Name Description
Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) NAVAIR’s mission is to provide full life-cycle support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons and systems operated by Sailors and Marines. This support includes research, design, development, and systems engineering; acquisition; test and evaluation; training facilities and equipment; repair and modification; and in-service engineering and logistics support.
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the largest of the Navy’s five system commands. NAVSEA strives to be an efficient provider of defense resources for the nation, and it plays an important role in the Navy Enterprise. As a Provider Command, it has the responsibility of directing resource sponsors into the proper mix of manpower and resources to properly equip the fleet.
Space and Naval Warfare Command (SPAWAR) Deliver FORCEnet by inventing, acquiring, developing, delivering and supporting integrated and interoperable C4ISR, Business IT and Space Capabilities in the interest of national defense.
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) NAVSUP’s mission is to provide Navy, Marine Corps, Joint and Allied Forces with products and services that deliver Combat Capability through Logistics. We manage supply chains that provide material for Navy aircraft, surface ships, submarines and their associated weapons systems. We provide centralized inventory management for Navy’s non-nuclear ordnance stockpile. We provide a wide range of base operating and waterfront logistics support services, coordinating material deliveries, contracting for supplies and services, and providing material management and warehousing services.
Naval Air Warfare Center – Training Systems Division (NAWTSD)  The Navy center for research, development, test and  evaluation, acquisition and product support of training systems, to  provide Interservice coordination and training systems support for the Army and Air Force, and to perform such other functions and tasks
as directed by higher authority.
Naval Air Warfare Center – Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) NAWCAD is located at Patuxent River, Maryland; Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Orlando, Florida; these facilities support research, development, test, evaluation, engineering and fleet support of Navy and Marine Corps air vehicle systems and trainers. The NAWCAD is the steward of the ranges, test facilities, laboratories, and aircraft necessary to support the Fleet’s acquisition requirements.
Naval Air Warfare Center – Weapons Division (NAWCWD) The Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division (NAWCWD) is an organization within the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), dedicated to maintaining a center of excellence in weapons development for the Department of the Navy (DoN). NAWCWD has two locations in sunny Southern California; China Lake hosting the land test range and Point Mugu hosting the sea test range.


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Defense Agencies


DoD Agencies
Logo Name Description
Defense Threat Reduction Agency Logo Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) DTRA is the U.S. Department of Defense’s official Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction. They address the entire spectrum of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high yield explosive threats. DTRA’s programs include basic science research and development, operational support to U.S. warfighters on the front line, and an in-house WMD think tank that aims to anticipate and mitigate future threats long before they have a chance to harm the United States and our its allies.
DARPA Logo Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) DARPA’s mission is to maintain the technological superiority of the U.S. military and prevent technological surprise from harming our national security by sponsoring revolutionary, high-payoff research bridging the gap between fundamental discoveries and their military use.
DCMA Logo Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) is the Department of Defense (DoD) component that works directly with Defense suppliers to help ensure that DoD, Federal, and allied government supplies and services are delivered on time, at projected cost, and meet all performance requirements.
Defense Audit Agency Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), under the authority, direction, and control of the United States Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), is responsible for performing all contract audits for the DoD and providing accounting and financial advisory services regarding contracts and subcontracts to all DoD components responsible for procurement and contract administration. These services are provided in connection with negotiation, administration, and settlement of contracts and subcontracts.
MDA Logo Missile Defense Agency (MDA) The MDA develops, test, and field an integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), to protect the United States, our forward deployed forces, and our friends and allies from hostile ballistic missile attack.
DLA Logo Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) The Defense Logistics Agency is the Department of Defense’s largest logistics combat support agency, providing worldwide logistics support in both peacetime and wartime to the military services as well as several civilian agencies and foreign countries.
DISA Logo Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) DISA is a Combat Support Agency engineers and provides command and control capabilities and enterprise infrastructure to continuously operate and assure a global net-centric enterprise in direct support to joint warfighters, National level leaders, and other mission and coalition partners across the full spectrum of operations.
DTIC Logo Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) serves the DoD community as the largest central resource for DoD and government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today.
NSS Logo Defense Security Service (DSS) DSS supports national security and the warfighter, secured the nations technilogical base, and overseas the protection of US and foreign classified information in the hands of industry.
DIA Logo Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is first in all-source defense intelligence to prevent strategic surprise and deliver a decision advantage to warfighters, defense planners, and policymakers. DIA deploys globally alongside warfighters and interagency partners to defend America’s national security interests.


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Other Agencies


Other Agencies
Logo Name Description
NRO Logo National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) The NRO is critical to National Security, U.S. policy makers, and war fighters. They provide the foundation for global situational awareness, and address the nation’s intelligence challenges. The NRO’s provides a unique capabilities of:  Monitoring the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction Tracking international terrorists, drug traffickers, and criminal orginizations, Developing highly accurate military targeting data and bomb damage assessments, Supporting international peacekeeping and humanitarian relief operations, and assessing the impact of natural disasters.
NSA Logo National Security Agency (NSA) The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) is home to America’s codemakers and codebreakers.
NGA Logo National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency offers a variety of critical geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) products in support of U.S. national security objectives and natural disasters including aeronautical, geodesy, hydrographic, imagery, targeting information and topographical.
GSA Logo U.S. General Services Administration The General Services Administration (GSA) is an independent US agency that helps manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies. The GSA supplies products, services and communications for U.S. government offices, provides transportation and office space to federal employees, and develops government-wide cost-minimizing policies, and other management tasks. GSA’s business lines include the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) and the Public Buildings Service (PBS).


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Name Description
Army Combined Arms Command The US Army’s Combined Arms Center (CAC) is as a major subordinate headquarters of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command, has often been referred to as the “ Intellectual Center of the Army”. CAC provides Army-wide leadership and supervision for leader development and professional military and civilian education; institutional and collective training; functional training; training support; battle command; doctrine; lessons learned; and other specified areas that the TRADOC Commander designates. It’s hme of the Capability Development Integration Directorate
Army Contracting Command Provide global contracting support to warfighters through the full spectrum of military operations.
Army Materiel Command The U.S. Army Materiel Command is the Army’s premier provider of materiel readiness – technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment – to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. AMC is headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, AL., and impacts or has a presence in all 50 states and 155 countries. Manning these organizations is a work force of more than 70,000 dedicated military and civilian employees, many with highly developed specialties in weapons development, manufacturing and logistics.
Army Space and Missile Defense Command USASMDC/ARSTRAT conducts space and missile defense operations and provides planning, integration, control and coordination of Army forces and capabilities in support of U.S. Strategic Command missions (strategic deterrence, integrated missile defense, and space operations); serves as the Army force modernization proponent for space, high altitude and global missile defense; serves as the Army operational integrator for global missile defense; and conducts mission-related research and development.
Army Special Operations Command The U.S. Army Special Operations Command is the largest of the service components that make up U.S. Special Operations Command and provides about 70 percent of the special operations personnel in Central Command’s theatre. On any given day, dozens of USASOC elements are deployed around the world.
Army Intelligence and Security Command The U.S. Army INSCOM conducts intelligence, security and information operations for military commanders and national decision makers.
US Army Corps of Engineers The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approximately 37,000 dedicated Civilians and Soldiers delivering engineering services to customers in more than 90 countries worldwide.
Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command To improve the global deployability and sustainment of U.S. Armed Forces by providing the Department of Defense (DoD) with transportation engineering, policy guidance, research, and analytical expertise to support the National Military Strategy.
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