NPFC - MIL-HDBK-61
CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT GUIDANCE
|Publication Date:||30 September 1997|
This military handbook provides guidance and information to DoD acquisition managers, logistics managers, and other individuals assigned responsibility for Configuration Management. Its purpose is to assist them in planning for and implementing effective DoD configuration management activities and practices during all life cycle phases of defense systems and configuration items. It supports acquisition based on performance specifications, and the use of industry standards and methods to the greatest practicable extent. MIL-STD-973, which previously governed DoD configuration management procedures, is being phased out.
This handbook is closely related to MIL-STD-2549, "Configuration Management Data Interface," the Electronic Industries Association (EIA) Standard 649, "National Consensus Standard for Configuration Management," and EIA Standard 632, "Processes for Engineering a System."
MIL-STD-2549 details the Government interface requirements for the exchange of CM information in CM databases. It enables both commercial and Government development of compatible database management tools that will allow the DoD to manage its product information and will allow Government and industry activities to electronically share that data. It defines the logical content and the relationships of the information that should exist as the information transfers from one activity (and management tool) to another, that is, the business rules view. (NOTE: A DoD Configuration Management Automated Information System (CM AIS) database tool is being developed in accordance with these business rules for DOD activities who have no other tool available; it includes a change document authoring and routing tool and will be accessible to any user or industry partner.)
EIA Standard 649 provides the basic configuration management principles and the best practices employed by industry to identify product configuration and effect orderly management of product change. In basing its source selection on past and current performance, the Government expects its preferred suppliers to employ robust internal configuration management processes that embody those basic principles.
EIA Standard 632 describes the Systems Engineering process of which CM is an integral part. [See 2.2.2]
The acquisition reform environment is significantly different from one in which the Government imposed its own management requirements on contractors by military standards. Configuration management activity must be applied to items at a level which is consistent with acquisition strategy, protects the interests of the government, and flexibly accommodates contractor standard methodology. With a major share of configuration control authority shifted to contractors, the DoD configuration management activity must still continue to provide assurance of supportability and interoperability of military equipment and software. This responsibility requires careful planning and implementation of a DoD configuration management strategy that is in concert with the acquisition, logistic support, and maintenance philosophy of each given material item.
As the DoD transitions to performance based acquisition and the use of the new standard interface for CM information, this handbook provides the insight necessary to:
• Understand the application of the basic principles of CM articulated in EIA-649 to the DoD acquisition and operational environment
• Plan for and make prudent and cost effective choices in effecting DoD configuration management activities throughout the life cycle of a material item
• Provide the necessary basis for CM in RFPs and Contracts
• Evaluate contractor proposals and CM processes
• Acquire and process necessary CM information
• Use the data model and data dictionary in MIL-STD-2549 as the common framework for communicating configuration information among diverse, distributed, data bases (facilitating a transition to an integrated data environment)
• Measure CM performance effectiveness of both Government activities and contractors