Definitions 3.1 - 3.20
3.1 Acquisition Management Systems Control (AMSC)
A control number assigned by the cognizant data
management approval authority listed in the SD-1, which indicates that a data
item description (DID) or a defense specification or standard that cites DIDs
has been cleared for use by the DoD.
3.2 Acquisition Streamlining and Standardization Information System
The official database containing information about
standardization documents used in the DoD. ASSIST also provides
electronic access to government documents included in the database over the
Internet. ASSIST can be accessed at http://dodssp.daps.mil.
An element of verification that uses established
technical or mathematical models or simulations, algorithms, charts, graphs,
circuit diagrams, or other scientific principles and procedures to provide
evidence that stated requirements were met.
An additional categorization of differences in
characteristics, other than that afforded by type classification. It
does not constitute a difference in quality or grade, but is for specific,
equally important uses, and is usually designated by Arabic numerals, such as,
"class 1" or "class 2."
A term used
in classifying commodities that are differentiated strictly by their
respective chemical composition, which is designated in accordance with
accepted trade practice.
A document required by more than one Military
Department, Defense Agency, or Civilian Agency, which is coordinated with
various activities of the interested departments and
Recorded information, regardless
of form or method of recording.
3.8 Data Item Description
A standardization document that defines the data content,
preparation instructions, format, and intended use of data required of a
contractor. DIDs are prepared in accordance with
3.9 Data product specification
defense specification used to acquire data products such as product definition
data, test reports, and other types of data, with the exception of technical
manuals. Data product specifications are the source documents for DIDs
and are approved and assigned an AMSC number by the cognizant DID Approval
Authority listed in the SD-1.
A specification developed under the consensus
procedures of the Defense Standardization Program that is used on multiple
programs or applications and is included in the ASSIST
An element of
verification that involves the actual operation of an item to provide evidence
that the required functions were accomplished under specific scenarios.
The items may be instrumented and performance monitored.
The organization that prepares or has prepared for
it a programunique specification.
A specification that specifies design requirements,
such as materials to be used, how a requirement is to be achieved, or how an
item is to be fabricated or constructed. A specification that contains
both performance and detail requirements is still considered a detail
specification. Both defense specifications and program-unique
specifications may be designated as a detail
3.14 DoD Single Stock Point
office under the Defense Logistics Agency’s Document Automation and Production
Service, which is responsible for the indexing and distribution of defense
specifications, standards, and other related documents and the maintenance of
the ASSIST database. The DoD Single Stock Point is also responsible for
assigning document identifiers for new defense
General term to denote
the system, item, software, process, or material that is the subject of a
An element of
verification that is generally nondestructive and typically includes the use
of sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste; simple physical manipulation; and
mechanical and electrical gauging and measurement.
A specification prepared in the six-section format,
which covers requirements and test procedures that are common to a group of
parts, materials, or equipments and is used with specification
A term that implies differences
in quality and is usually designated by capital letters, such as, "grade A" or
3.19 Inch-pound specification
specification having measurement requirements given in rounded, rational,
inch-pound units. The magnitudes are meaningful and practical (for
example, 1 ounce, not 28.3495 grams). Inch-pound specifications are
developed for items to interface or operate with other inch-pound items.
NOTE: Specifications in which magnitudes expressed in metric units (as a
result of mathematical conversion from rounded, rational, inch-pound units)
are given first as preferred units with the rounded, rational inch-pound units
given in parentheses or in a nonpreferred position are still inch-pound
The examination and
testing of supplies and services to determine whether they conform to