Overview


ASSIST is a robust, comprehensive web site used by standardization management activities to develop, coordinate, distribute, and manage defense and federal specifications and standards, military handbooks, commercial item descriptions, data item descriptions, and related technical documents prepared in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Defense Standardization Program (DSP). Besides DoD-prepared documents, ASSIST also has selected international standardization agreements, such as NATO standards ratified by the United States and International Test Operating Procedures.

Since it always has the most current information, ASSIST is the official source for specifications and standards used by the Department of Defense. There are 114208 technical documents indexed in ASSIST, and the ASSIST document database has 226051 PDF files associated with 86905 of the indexed documents. There are 125733 registered ASSIST users and 21542 active accounts. Managed by DLA Document Services, Philadelphia, ASSIST provides free access to DSP technical documents that have been cleared for public release.

Registered users may search for documents, identify standardization points-of-contact, generate numerous standard or custom reports, and establish profiles to receive customized e-mail alerts when a preparing activity undertakes a project to develop or modify a document, posts a draft for coordination or publishes a new or revised document. There are several ways to search for documents. Depending on the method selected, search terms entered, or filters selected, a search may locate a single document or return a list of documents. Each listed document has a unique identifier (called a Document ID) and each is linked to a Document Details page that displays information about the document and lists all available document parts comprising that document's revision history.

If a file is available, a PDF (pdf) icon is displayed next to the document part. Clicking on the icon opens the file in PDF format and it can then be saved or printed by clicking on the appropriate icon near the bottom of the screen. If the file is a warehouse item only available as a printed publication, a shopping cart icon (warehouse) is displayed to the left of the document part. Clicking the icon opens an ordering form where a user must enter an address (or confirm one previously entered) to where the document should be mailed. When a padlock icon (lock) is displayed to the left of a document part, it means distribution of that file is controlled.

ASSIST includes more than documents and document metadata. ASSIST also serves as a portal to, and is closely integrated with, the Qualified Products Database (QPD), which is the official DoD site for identifying parts and sources approved by DoD qualifying activities.


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