Interactive Electronic Training Manual (IETM) Guide

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The rapid integration of Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs) into military workspaces throughout the Department of Defense has created a void in the otherwise comprehensive instruction provided to students at the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC). The swift pace of IETM development in the 1990s by each of the Services made preparation of a single guide on the subject a daunting task. We on the staff at DSMC wanted to provide a useful instructional tool and reference, but did not want to hinder the reader’s understanding of the subject by providing outdated material.

We have designed this Guide primarily for use in DSMC courses and secondarily as an aid to acquisition managers. The text initially assumes little familiarity by the reader with IETMs. After presenting fundamental material, the text addresses issues of immediate concern to the acquisition manager from both the DoD and Service perspective.