Defense Systems Support Web
Welcome to my Defense System Support Website. I hope you will have an
interesting and productive visit. This website was designed to help anyone who needs
information relating to the system/acquisition support of defense weapon systems,
communication systems, and commercial systems and products. This website covers these major areas:
- System support, which covers the areas of
- Configuration Management & Control,
- Data or Information Products
- Engineering Technical Data, which includes blueprints and software
- Government Virtual Libraries
- Administrative and Acquisition Support
- Contracting Support
Regarding virtual libraries, my website contains hyperlinks to websites that contain a wide
variety of both government and private sector (ISO, ANSI, etc.) documentation. If you are looking for a publicly available
government document, be it a standard, specification, handbook, data item
description, regulation, instruction, or form, you will probably find a link to
it in my webpage.
Please note that this is not an official Government website. There are
many hyperlinks in my website that will take you to official Government sites.
However, the words and thoughts in my website are my own, and as far as I know,
they have never been endorsed or approved by anyone other than my ten year old
daughter and her two cats, Smokey & Eve.
Configuration Management: What Is It?
Configuration management (CM) is a tool that program managers can use to
purchase, develop, design, produce, modify, and support (i.e., maintain &
upgrade) weapon systems, subsystems, and other individual items over their life
CM is used to ensure that the end product, whether it is an aircraft,
satellite, radar, personal computer, or whatever, meets critical functional
& interoperability requirements and can be operated, maintained, and
supported by its associated technical documentation (i.e.,
Technical manuals, software user's manuals, blueprints, source code,
Key CM products include
- identifiable requirements, interface & product documents (Define and describe the plane, ship, radio, or
- an organizational structure for requirements & interoperability
management (Manage changes to the plane's/ship's/radio's
- Recorded technical data for system operation, maintenance, modification,
& reprocurement (i.e., future production) (Provide
manuals/information to the people who fly/sail/operate the plane/ship/radio)
Data or Information Management
Data or Information Management principally involves the acquisition and
maintenance of information products which are required to support & operate
systems, and acquiring relevant financial/schedule data, which are critical to
the successful management of systems acquisition programs.
In today's environment, a data manager must be comfortable with personal
computer technology and with working on the World Wide Web, as, increasingly,
information products are created, delivered, and stored in HTML (HyperText
Markup Language) format. Data Managers and those who use the data products will need to
be comfortable working in the HTML environment, and soon in an XHTML and XML environment, especially as the WEB migrates to XML compliant data products (Extensible Markup Language). You can get more information about the World Wide Web and its structure and protocols @ World Wide Web Consortium.
Indeed, in the not too distant future, practically all defense
information products will be created, maintained, and stored in digital format.
Data Media will include CDs, zip disks, & 3.5" disks. Electronic or virtual files and file cabinets existing on the internet and on private intranets will also play a major role in data management. In some cases, contractors will "deliver" all data products to virtual files. Paper media format will, as a general rule, be obsolete, except for certain blueprint requirements.
Engineering Technical Data
Engineering technical data involves the management of critical technical
documents (usually blueprints, technical orders/manuals, and source code) that
are used to build, repair, maintain, and operate defense and other systems. This
web page will only touch on this subject, but will provide hyperlinks to other
sites which contain a great deal of guidance.
Other Areas of Acquisition/Administrative Support
Acquisition support involves a wide variety of activities which cover the
range of the acquisition spectrum. These include:
- Preparing solicitation packages, including request for quotes and request
- supporting a source selection board;
- managing contract post award activities;
- managing contract changes;
- coordinating requests from the end user installations with the prime
- responding to requests for information from Government and Private
- transferring management responsibility of a weapon system to another
- safely and legally retiring a weapon system.
This web site has both information and hyperlinks which can be of assistance
with these various tasks. A comprehensive source of acquisition information and
guidance can be found at The DoD Acquisition Deskbook: An Encyclopedia of Acquisition
Contracting Support & Government Business
The contracting function is where all acquisition activities come together for execution. Contracting professionals turn requirements and funds into products for the end user by contracting with appropriate organizations. This is a very complex and demanding field. My website will take you to Government web sites where you can get a wealth of contracting information. If you need contracting information or need to see the FAR or a FAR Supplement, please click here Contracting Information & The FAR
If you are interested in doing business with either the Air Force or another military service or U.S. government agency, or if you might be interested in working for a branch of the U.S. Government, then please click here for more information:
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