MIL-STD-973 Configuration Management

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MIL-STD-973 Configuration Management

MILITARY STANDARD CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT. This standard defines the requirements of configuration management as they apply to defense materiel items. Configuration management is a management discipline applied to configuration items (CIS) over their life cycle to ensure that the characteristics of CIS meet defined user requirements.

Configuration management requirements for software have been included in this standard. Where requirements are common to both hardware and software items, they are shown as requirements for CIS. Where requirements are not common to both hardware and software items, they are shown as requirements for computer software configuration items (CSCIS) or hardware configuration items (HWCIS), as applicable.

Notice 5, dated October 5, 2009 states: "MIL-STD-973, dated 17 April 1992, and INTERIM NOTICE 3, dated 13 January 1995, were canceled 30 September 2000. The EIA-649: “National Consensus Standard for Configuration Management” as adopted by DoD can be used as a replacement since it is almost a complete duplication of MIL-STD-973. Configuration EIA-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."

Published: April 17, 1992

Ron Charest

Ron is a native New Yorker and 22 year Navy veteran. He retired from active duty in 1996 and went on to build a successful post-Navy career in logistics. Ron currently works for a major Government consulting firm based in Washington D.C., and together with his wife Weifang make their home in Northern Virginia.

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