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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

DoD Standardization Program Announces 2014 Awards

By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 – One person and five teams have received awards from the Defense Standardization Program Office for outstanding achievements in 2014.

The awards were presented recently on behalf of Stephen P. Welby, deputy assistant secretary of defense for systems engineering. Hosting the ceremony at the Pentagon were Robert Gold, director of the engineering enterprise, and DSPO Director Gregory Saunders.

Standards are the common use of rules, conditions, guidelines or characteristics for products or processes and production methods, and management systems practices, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

A basic standard, for example, has a broad effect in a particular field, such as a standard for metal that affects a range of products from cars to screws. Test and measurement standards define methods to be used to assess the performance or other characteristics of a product or process.

The DSPO mission is to identify, influence, develop, manage and give access to standardization processes, products and services for warfighters and for the acquisition, logistics and systems engineering communities, department officials said. The program makes interoperability possible and helps reduce costs and sustain readiness, the officials added.

Since 1987, DSPO has recognized people and organizations that have made important improvements in quality, reliability, readiness, cost reduction and interoperability through standardization, they said.

Distinguished Achievement Award

Taking top honors and receiving the Distinguished Achievement Award this year was an Air Force team from the Air Transportability Test Loading Activity that updated MIL-STD-1791, “Designing for Internal Aerial Delivery in Fixed Wing Aircraft,” to enhance support of multinational operations.

The standard’s main benefits are improved safety of flight, by ensuring cargo can withstand severe flight environments; mission time savings, by optimizing airlift resources; streamlined acquisitions, by giving cargo designers the information they need in a single publicly available document; and improved multinational operations and humanitarian airlift, by ensuring domestic and foreign cargo is compatible with Air Force cargo aircraft.

Team members include Mark Kuntavanish, Eric Treadwell, Susan Breslin, Michael Schneider and Linda Titcombe.

New Class of Microcircuit

An individual award for fiscal year 2014 went to Muhammad Akbar of the Defense Logistics Agency for developing a new class of microcircuit -- a ceramic, nonhermetic package approach to meeting all device requirements for use in space.

The project helped to establish testing and qualification requirements and gives original equipment manufacturers access to state-of-the-art products not previously documented by U.S. military specifications.

Four other teams also received awards for fiscal 2014.

Procuring Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy Powders

An Army team from the Army Research Laboratory, with a member from the Defense Logistics Agency, worked with the United Technologies Research Center to develop a new military specification.

MIL-DTL-32495, “Aluminum-Based Powders for Cold Spray Deposition,” covers requirements for procuring aluminum and aluminum-based alloy powders. The powders will be used in an environmentally friendly, cost-effective materials-deposition process called cold spray for parts repair, coatings and fabricating components and freestanding structures.

Team members include Richard Squillacioti, Victor Champagne and Iris Labuda.

Cleaner Lubricant, Preservative for Weapons

An Army team from the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center determined that a bio-based material could be used in formulating a cleaner lubricant and preservative used for weapons and weapons systems.

The formulation change was made in an amendment to MIL-PRF-63460, “Performance Specification: Lubricant, Cleaner and Preservative for Weapons and Weapons Systems.” Requiring this less-toxic formulation didn’t compromise any performance requirements identified in the specification, officials said.

Members of the include Mark Napolitano, Daniel Prillaman and Richard Wu.

Computer Architecture for Future EOD Robots

A Navy team made important contributions to standards for explosive-ordnance-disposal, or EOD, robotic-system interfaces by developing and defining modular open-systems computer architecture for next-generation EOD robots.

The work led to the completion of 59 documents that define the advanced explosive ordnance disposal robotic system common architecture. The approach will allow emerging technologies from a range of potential sources to be integrated into fielded AEODRSs, officials said, improving the capability of EOD warfighters.

Team members include Michael Del Signore, Todd Zimmerman, Andrew Czop, Adam Shaker and Juan-Roman-Sanchez.

An Air Force team from the Air Force Materiel Command undertook a project to update MIL-DTL-25959, “Tie Down, Tensioners, Cargo, Aircraft.”

Reliable Tie-Down Tensioners

The team’s focus initially was on logistical and weight issues, but after two incidents occurred with the tie-down tensioners in flight, the team also addressed reliability. As a result of their work, MIL-DTL-25959H is now published, giving the Air Force logistical advantages, cost savings and more reliable tensioners.

Team members include Michael Jones, Jeff Friesner, Jonathan Byrd, Carol Hernandez and L.G. Traylor.

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