Re: IEEE 12207 vs. MIL-STD-498

Subject: Re: IEEE 12207 vs. MIL-STD-498
From: "CB Casper" <knowone -at- surfy -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2003 08:48:01 -0800

joe writes:
>> Some of the doc set I'm saddled with seems
to correspond to MIL-STD-498, other titles seem
to conform to IEEE 12207. Seems that my research
indicates that 498's obsolete, having been
superceded by 12207. <<

And someone added a link to a site that provided:
MIL-STD-498 has been officially cancelled as of
27 May 1998. DoD programs will now adopt
IEEE/EIA 12207 ...

However, cancelled or not, it may still be active
for your particular project. The date of the RFP
usually governs the date of standards applicable
for your contract, even if superceded since then.

So if your contract's RFP is newer than 27 May 1998,
then use IEEE/EIA 12207, if it is older, check the
language of the contract to see if it mentions
upgrading to new standards or not. If not, use
the old, but check with the contracts people anyway.

Reasoning, beyond the legal. You establish your
pricing based on the standards established as of
the Request for Proposal (request for your bid).
If the standards change after that, your whole
bidding base is changed, and everything could
change. and you would then be forced to comply
with something that didn't exist when you bid.

I had a project that did this, and as a result
the time & temperature for processing parts through
a furnace was governed by an obsolete spec. The
house we subcontracted this out to was used to
using the newer spec. I talked to them directly,
added warnings and cautions in the docs, and
provided them documentation to show that they
needed to comply with an obsolete spec. The
engineers who designed this hardware were expecting
a very specific condition of the material, and if
we had used the new spec, it would have changed
the properties to a condition that could have
jeopardized this military aircraft.

CB - who learned far more on the legal side of
the military contracts issue then wanted to on
that project
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