A Central Manager Is Needed To Coordinate the Military Diagnostic and Calibration Program

LCD-77-427: Published: May 31, 1977. Publicly Released: May 31, 1977.

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The creation of a single, central manager with authority over the entire calibration program within the Department of Defense (DOD) would be a major improvement in the management of calibration resources within DOD.

The military services use precision measuring and test equipment valued at over $1.8 billion to design, construct, operate, and maintain their facility, equipment, and research programs. The military services operate more than 700 calibration facilities worldwide; employ about 9,000 civilian and military technicians; and make over 3 million calibrations each year. The military facilities can be generally classified as metrology centers, primary laboratories, secondary laboratories, intermediate facilities, and user facilities. The DOD Joint Technical Coordinating Group for Metrology and Calibration established a subgroup in June 1975 to consolidate calibration services.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: A single manager should be created within DOD to cover all diagnostic tools, nondestructive tests, and diagnostic procedures common to more than one service. The consolidations of the three metrology and engineering centers, the four primary laboratories; and the many secondary, intermediate, and user facilities should be considered. The services should be directed to use the nearest calibration facility which can perform the service most effectively at the lowest transportation cost.

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