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NPFC - MIL-STD-881

WORK BREAKDOWN STRUCTURES FOR DEFENSE MATERIEL ITEMS

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Organization: NPFC
Publication Date: 6 October 2020
Status: active
Page Count: 291
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Standard Purpose and Structure.

This Standard presents direction for effectively preparing, understanding, and presenting a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). It provides the framework for Department of Defense (DoD) Program Managers to define their program's WBS and to defense contractors in their application and extension of the Program and contract's WBS to report additional details associated with their agreements with Government Program Managers. Section 1 defines and describes the WBS. Section 2 provides instructions on how the WBS is applied as well as how to develop a Program WBS in the pre-award timeframe (i.e., before a contract or government performed effort has begun). Section 3 provides direction for developing and implementing a Contract WBS and Section 4 examines the role of the WBS in the post-award timeframe. Throughout this standard, the word "contract" and "defense contractor" is used to refer to both literal contracts with private industry but also refers to agreements between a Program Office and other government organizations (e.g., test sites, depots, labs, federally funded research and development centers (FFRDC)). This Standard also provides WBS definitions for specific defense materiel commodity systems in Appendices A through J. Appendix K addresses WBS elements that are common to all systems, as well as those which use unique elements (e.g., Space Systems, Information Systems/Defense Business Systems, Launch Systems, and Strategic Missile Systems). Appendix L presents for the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) Sustainment Cost Estimating Structure (CES) and its associated definitions for informational purposes. The purpose of providing sustainment information is to present an explanation of transitioning from reporting using a WBS to reporting sustainment costs using the CES, regardless of acquisition phase or type of funds used.

The primary objective of this Standard is to achieve a consistent application of the WBS for all programmatic needs (including performance, cost, schedule, risk, budget, and contractual). Discussion and direction was compiled based on many years of lessons learned in employing WBSs on defense programs.

intended Use:

This Standard is directed primarily at preparing a WBS for a defense system program. This includes all systems, materiel items, or major modifications established as an integral program element of... View More

Document History

MIL-STD-881
October 6, 2020
WORK BREAKDOWN STRUCTURES FOR DEFENSE MATERIEL ITEMS
Standard Purpose and Structure. This Standard presents direction for effectively preparing, understanding, and presenting a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). It provides the framework for Department...
June 19, 2018
WORK BREAKDOWN STRUCTURES FOR DEFENSE MATERIEL ITEMS
A description is not available for this item.
April 9, 2018
WORK BREAKDOWN STRUCTURES FOR DEFENSE MATERIEL ITEMS
Standard Purpose and Structure. This Standard presents direction for effectively preparing, understanding, and presenting a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). It provides the framework for Department...
October 3, 2011
WORK BREAKDOWN STRUCTURES FOR DEFENSE MATERIEL ITEMS
FOREWORD 1. This Standard is approved for use by all Departments and Agencies of the Department of Defense (DoD). It is for direction and should be included as a contract requirement. 2. This...
January 2, 1998
WORK BREAKDOWN STRUCTURES FOR DEFENSE MATERIEL ITEMS
A description is not available for this item.
March 25, 1993
WORK BREAKDOWN STRUCTURES FOR DEFENSE MATERIEL ITEMS
This standard establishes criteria governing the preparation and employment of work breakdown structures for use during the acquisition of designated defense materiel items to display and define the...
April 25, 1975
WORK BREAKDOWN STRUCTURES FOR DEFENSE MATERIEL ITEMS
A description is not available for this item.
November 1, 1968
WORK BREAKDOWN STRUCTURES FOR DEFENSE MATERIEL ITEMS
Purpose. This standard established criteria governing the preparation and employment of work breakdown structures for use during the acquisition (engineering and operational systems development and...

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