MIL-HDBK-500B (W/ CHANGE-1), DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HANDBOOK: KEY SUPPLIER PROCESSES FOR AVIATION AND SPACE SECTOR ACQUISITION AND SUSTAINMENT PROGRAMS (15-JUN-2017)
MIL-HDBK-500B (W/ CHANGE-1), DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HANDBOOK:
KEY SUPPLIER PROCESSES FOR AVIATION AND SPACE SECTOR
ACQUISITION AND SUSTAINMENT PROGRAMS (15-JUN-2017)., The objective of this handbook is to identify and describe key management processes for program execution. It is oriented to the aviation and space business sectors suppliers who support acquisitions and sustainment. The processes and their associated performance attributes are applicable to all program phases, though their relative importance to program objectives will change throughout the product life cycle. The content of this document may be used to:
Develop performance-based acquisition strategies through the identification of process performance attributes most critical to the successful execution of the program;
construct solicitations that encourage supplier-defined processes in place of processes defined and controlled by military standards; and
provide a common basis to communicate desired process characteristics and performance attributes. This will facilitate efficient communication between government and industry. It may be used by suppliers to define and improve common, facility-wide processes and develop a set of top-down process metrics to assess process effectiveness and monitor process improvements. This handbook is approved for use by all Departments and Agencies of the Department of Defense.
2. This handbook was prepared for the aviation and space business sectors and designed to be used by suppliers to support defense systems acquisitions. Some aspects of the management processes and performance attributes defined herein may be peculiar to this sector as they represent implementation of a number of joint government-industry initiatives.
3. This document provides fundamental management processes and performance attributes for program execution. Additional guidance is provided in the Joint Aeronautical Commanders’ Group (JACG), Engineering and Manufacturing Practices for Defect Prevention: A Guide for Aerospace Acquisition Management Teams.