Forum: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

Topic: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

Topic Posted by: Reliability & Maintainability Forum ( )
Organization: System Reliability Center
Date Posted: Mon Aug 31 12:47:36 US/Eastern 1998

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Posted by: Anthony Coppola ( )
Date posted: Tue Sep 29 12:53:48 US/Eastern 1998
Subject: DoD Ploicy
The incorporation of the former Rome Laboratory into the Air Force Research Laboratory included the termination of the laboratory as the DoD lead agency in reliability engineering research and development. Certain projects, such as the development of CAD for mictoelectromechanical(MEM) circuitry are continuing because of interest outside the reliability engineering community, but more reliability specific tasks, such as the administration and preparation of reliability standards and handbooks, have been dropped. Administration will continue at the Air Force level, but preparation tasks, such as the update of MIL-HDBK-217, the reliability prediction handbook, are on hold until another agency is found to accept the job. This situation has caused some fear that defense contractors may conclude that the DoD has lost interest in reliability (probably incorrectly, in view of such current DoD initiatives as Cost as an Independent Variable which encourage reliability), resulting in a decrease of efforts to make their products reliable. Another concern is the obsolescence of the military documents, MIL-HDBK-217 in particular. Many users of the handbook may have to turn to alternative sources, such as the Bellcore models, or compile their own failure rate data. This may further the DoD intention to transfer dependence from government to industry documents, but, unless a clear dominance is established (like ISO 9000 for quality management systems) may result in a chaotic clash of references.


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