Military Handbook- Configuration Management Guidance

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Configuration Management provides knowledge of the correct current configuration of defense assets and the relationship of those assets to associated documents. The CM process efficiently manages necessary changes, ensuring that all impacts to operation and support are addressed.

The benefits of the process should be obvious but are often overlooked. ANSI/EIA-649 summarizes the benefits of CM from an industry view, as follows:

• Product attributes are defined. Provides measurable performance parameters. Both Buyer and Seller have a common basis for acquisition and use of the product.
• Product configuration is documented and a known basis for making changes is established. Decisions are based on correct, current information. Production repeatability is enhanced.
• Products are labeled and correlated with their associated requirements, design and product information. The applicable data (such as for procurement, design or servicing the product) is accessible, avoiding guesswork and trial and error.
• Proposed changes are identified and evaluated for impact prior to making change decisions. Downstream surprises are avoided. Cost and schedule savings are realized.
• Change activity is managed using a defined process. Costly errors of ad hoc, erratic change management are avoided.

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This military handbook provides guidance and information to DoD acquisition managers, logistics managers, and other individuals assigned responsibility for Configuration Management. Its purpose is to assist them in planning for and implementing effective DoD configuration management activities and practices during all life cycle phases of defense systems and configuration items. It supports acquisition based on performance specifications, and the use of industry standards and methods to the greatest practicable extent.

This handbook is closely related to the following Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) Standards:
• ANSI/EIA-649-1998, “National Consensus Standard for Configuration Management,”
• EIA-836, "Consensus Standard for Configuration Management Data Exchange and Interoperability," and
• ANSI/EIA-632-1998, “Processes for Engineering a System.”

ANSI/EIA Standard 649 provides the basic configuration management principles and the best practices employed by industry to identify product configuration and effect orderly management of product change. EIA-836 (scheduled for initial draft publication in January 2001) EIA-836 facilitates the interoperability and exchange of configuration management data. The level of interoperability between dissimilar systems is determined by trading partner agreement. The extensible markup language (XML) facilitates data sharing and exchange among different systems. EIA-836 provides a set of standard definitions and business objects that can be used by XML frameworks in interfacing the content elements among one or more systems or databases. To be most effective, the capabilities of the process, tools or systems, should embody the CM principles in ANSI/EIA-649 in conjunction with the business objects and data element definitions in EIA-836.

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