MIL-STD-881D Standard is now released (April 9th, 2018) and is for use by all Departments and Agencies of the Department of Defense (DoD). MIL-STD-881D is for direction and should be included as a contract requirement. This Standard addresses mandatory procedures for all programs subject to DoD Instruction 5000.02.
MIL-STD-881D is a military standard and is applicable to all defense materiel items (or major modifications) including:
- established as an integral program element of the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP)
- otherwise designated by the DoD Component or the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition)
MIL-STD-881D Standard is mandatory for all Acquisition Category (ACAT) I, II, and III programs.
MIL-STD-881D refers to a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) that provides a consistent and visible framework for defense materiel items and contracts within a program. The MIL-STD-881D Standard offers uniformity in definition and consistency of approach for developing all levels of the WBS. Generating and applying uniform work breakdown structures improves communication in the acquisition process. It also provides direction to industry in extending contract work breakdown structures.
MIL-STD-881D Standard supersedes all previous versions dating back to 1993. MIL-STD-881D is based on the cooperative efforts of the military services with assistance from industrial associations. Changes to the Standard specifically address advances in technology and modifications of the acquisition process, and incorporates new materiel items, developmental concepts, and approaches.
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