1. This standard contains requirements for the development, documentation, and implementation of a software quality program. This program includes planning for and conducting evaluations of the quality of software, associated documentation, and related activities, and planning for and conducting the follow-up activities necessary to assure timely and effective resolution of problems.
2. This standard, together with other military specifications and standards governing software development, configuration management specification practices, project reviews and audits, and subcontractor Management, provide a means for achieving, determining, and maintaining quality in software and associated documentation. This standard incorporates the applicable requirements of MIL-STD-1520 and MIL-STD-1535.
3. This standard implements the policies of DODD 4155.1, Quality Program, and provides all of the necessary elements of a comprehensive quality program applicable to software development and support. This standard interprets the applicable requirements of MIL-Q-9858, Quality Program Requirements, for software.
4. The Data Item Description (DID) applicable to this standard is identified in Section 6. When used in conjunction with this standard, this DID provides a vehicle for documenting and communicating information relevant to the requirements specified herein. Production of deliverable data using automated techniques is encouraged.