This section is provided as additional reference material.
Many of these references were written by APT personnel. These and more are also available on the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Community of Practice (CoP) website for Production, Quality, and Manufacturing (PQM). These will help answer program questions.
This standard is applicable to all phases of the system acquisition life cycle. It is intended for use on all programs with manufacturing content. It requires proven manufacturing management practices with the goal of delivering affordable and capable systems to the extent that it is invoked contractually.
An Product Maturity Metrics Assessment asks the 20 questions that quickly gauge the program’s current state of maturity and risk. PMMs are a concise and effective tool available to Program Managers to readily assess risks, based on the maturity of their product at key milestones or gates. Developed on sound system engineering and product management principles, PMMs apply to any product.
While many references to producibility in defense manufacturing are older references inclusion of the concept and process in AS6500 has shown a continued commitment to its use as a technique for cost and risk reduction in manufacturing.