Status of Technical Manuals Specifications and Standards 7/1997

Claudia Bach


This report covers specifications, standards, and amendments received in the period from 1 May 1997 through 31 July 1997. Special emphasis has been placed on documentation in the category TMSS (Technical Manual Specification & Standards). However, other documents with widespread appeal are also included.

Information Processing Standards for Computers
MIL-STD-1840, Revision C, 06/26/97: Automated Interchange of Technical Information.

This interface standard is the primary CALS (Continuous Acquisition and Life-Cycle Support) document. It identifies the other standards, specifications and practices to be used in the CALS environment. This new revision is based on technology advances and adds 5 new data types, 3 new data file header records, 6 new transfer media types, and defines increased Information Security (INFOSEC) capabilities, including digital signature and encryption. The Joint Engineering Data Management Information and Control System (JEDMICS) is explicitly supported in this new document as well. Also, the standard now supports Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Internet electronic file transfers. There is a specific MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension) now registered for Internet data exchange. Lastly, the document is now "Year 2000" compliant.

Technical Manuals Specifications and Standards
MIL-L-7976C, Inactivation Notice 1, 06/11/97: List and Card, Technical Manual Data, for Contractor Furnished Equipment and Accessories.

MIL-L-7976 is inactive for new design and should be used for replacement purposes only.

MIL-PRF-9854, Revision C, 11/29/96: Technical Manuals: Structural Repair (Aircraft).
Changes are extensive and the document is now CALS compliant.

MIL-M-21548B, Cancellation Notice 1, 10/15/96: Manual, Technical, FBM Weapon, General Specification For.
Canceled with no superseding document.

MIL-PRF-38384, Revision D, 07/15/96: Technical Manuals - Checklists and Source Data Packages, Aircraft Weapon Delivery.
This performance specification now provides for electronic delivery with the addition of DTD's (Document Type Definitions) in appendixes A through J. Changes are extensive.

MIL-PRF-38804C, Amendment 1, 06/20/97: Time Compliance Technical Orders - Preparation.
This amendment makes pen and ink changes to pages 10, 11, 25, 29, 33, 35, and 36.

MIL-M-49502, Cancellation Notice 2, 10/09/96: Manual, Technical, Illustrated Parts Breakdown, Preparation of.
Canceled, no superseding document.

MIL-M-63011B, Cancellation Notice 1, 02/12/97: Manuals, Technical: For Maintenance Test Flight of Army Aircraft.
Canceled and replaced by MIL-PRF-63029.

MIL-PRF-63029, Revision D, 08/23/96: Manuals, Technical: Requirements for Operator's Manuals and Checklists for Aircraft.
There are extensive changes in this latest revision. This performance specification covers the requirements for preparing technical manuals describing operating procedures, checklists, and maintenance test flight checklists for operators of Army aircraft.

MIL-M-63030C Amendment 1, Cancellation Notice 1, 02/12/97: Manual, Technical, Preventive Maintenance Services and Preventive Maintenance Daily.
Canceled and replaced by MIL-STD-40051.

MIL-PRF-87158, Revision B, 11/05/96: Technical Manuals, Aircraft Battle Damage Assessment and Repair.
This newly revised performance specification allows for compliance with the JCALS system. The requirements are for the preparation of technical manuals on aircraft battle damage assessment and repair (ABDAR), and quick repair instructions not included in TO 1-1H-39/NAVAIR 01-1A-39. Changes are extensive.

MIL-HDBK-1222, 04/09/97: Guide to the General Style and Format of U.S. Army Work Package Technical Manuals.
This new handbook is for guidance only; it should not be cited as a requirement in any contracts. It expands and clarifies the requirements in MIL-STD-40051, Technical Manual Preparation. Covered are recommended writing style, comprehensibility, format, and graphics requirements used by the U.S. Army for preparation of technical manuals for operation and maintenance of equipment and weapons systems.

MIL-STD-1808, Revision A, 12/01/96: System Subsystem Sub-Subsystem Numbering.
This revision contains extensive changes. The SSSN numbering system is used for engineering drawings and technical manuals for aircraft, missile and space systems, engines, and ground communication-electronic equipment. It can also be used for supportability analysis, configuration management, work unit codes, and additional maintainability applications. It is intended to be used in conjunction with MIL-PRF-83495 and DOD-STD-863.

Claudia Bach is President of Document Center, Inc., an information delivery service based in Belmont, CA. The company has complete collections of specifications and standards from both government sources and industry associations. She can be reached by phone at (650) 591-7600, by fax at (650) 591-7617, or by e-mail at, or see  

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