Status of Technical Manuals Specifications and Standards 12/1994

AREA ILSS:
Integrated Logistics Support Standards
MIL-HDBK-59B, 6/10/94: Continuous Acquisition and Life-Cycle (CALS) Support Implementation Guide.

A complete revision of the guidance document for DoD defense system acquisition managers and support personnel with regards to CALS (note the change behind the acronym once again!). It addresses applying the CALS strategy for digital data in accordance with DoD Instruction 5000.2, including CALS strategy itself, CALS policy, acquisition process guidance, considerations for existing defense systems and JCALS (Joint CALS - infrastructure modernization).

AREA QCIC:
Quality Control/Assurance & Inspection
MIL-STD-109C, 9/2/94: Quality Assurance Terms and Definitions.

If you follow the changes that are occurring within the Quality community (and these days, just about everyone is thanks to the ISO-9000 standards), this new edition may be of interest to you. Additionally, the terms and definitions contained in this document "shall be used" in specifications, standards, technical manuals, and other defense documentation.

AREA RELI:
Reliability
MIL-HDBK-263B, 07/31/94: Electrostatic Discharge Control Handbook for Protection of Electrical and Electronic Parts, Assemblies and Equipment (Excluding Electrically Initiated Explosive Devices) (Metric).

This new edition contains extensive changes. It provides guidance on how to establish and implement an Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Control Program in accordance with MIL-STD-1686.

AREA TMSS:
Technical Manuals Specifications and Standards
MIL-M-7298E, 6/8/94: Manuals, Commercial Off-The Shelf (COTS).

Extensive changes to the document have been made in this new edition. It provides evaluation criteria for acceptance of "off-the-shelf" manuals. This applies to manuals that support commercial equipment used in a commercial or military environment.

MIL-M-49502, Amendment 1, 9/1/94: Manuals, Technical: Repair Parts and Special Tools List.
I hate it when documents come through with obvious errors, and this amendment is a good example. It plainly states that "(t)his amendment forms part of MIL-M-63004C..." (!). The amendment contains three pages of pen and ink changes, probably to the MIL-M-49502, plus a replacement page -- the 1989 edition of the DD Form 1426 to replace the 1982 edition of the same.

MIL-M-63002F, Amendment 1, 9/1/94: Manual, Technical: Requirements for Preparation of Modification Work Orders.
This amendment contains two pages of pen and ink changes, plus the newer DD Form 1426 replacement page.

MIL-C-63013D, Amendment 1, 8/1/94: Catalogs, Supply: Sets, Kits and Outfits.
Two pages of pen and ink changes and the replacement 1989 edition of the DD Form 1426 make up this new amendment.

MIL-M-63034A, Amendment 1, 8/1/94: Bulletins, Technical: Warranty, Preparation of.
How did you know? This new amendment contains two pages of pen and ink changes, plus the replacement copy of the 1989 edition of DD Form 1426.

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