This document is used for placing Configuration Management Requirements on Defense Contracts after being tailored by the Acquirer. When effectively and consistently applied, Configuration Management (CM) provides a positive impact on product quality, cost, and schedule. The planning and execution of Configuration Management (CM) is an essential part of the product development and life cycle management process. It provides control of all configuration documentation, physical parts and software representing or comprising the product. Configuration Management's overarching goal is to establish and maintain consistency of a product's functional and physical attributes with its requirements, design and operational information throughout its life cycle. When effectively and consistently applied, Configuration Management (CM) provides a positive impact on product quality, cost, and schedule. The Acquiring Activity may cite various Data Item Descriptions (DIDs) and DD forms that defines the data required of a supplier. The DIDs specifically defines the data content, format, and intended use.
This standard is being revised to clarify principles and content in order to improve the quality and adoptability by all enterprises of the delivered product.