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Report of the Task Force on Specifications and Standards
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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Military Specifications and Standards have long been a target for criticism This study convinced the Task Force that such criticism is generally misdirected. It found that the existing Specifications and Standards are reasonably good, more than adequate to Department of Defense needs. In general, the documents contain much more flexibility than appears to be used in practice. MOst of the instances of excessive cost examined by the Task Force resulted from a failure to utilize this flexibility in a reasonable way, rather than a fundamental problem with the specification itself. Industry was as guilty of over-interpretation as Government was of over-enforcement.
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