WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office announced today that corrosion experts from DoD, NACE International, and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings have published a new standard dedicated to navigating the myriad elements and requirements of corrosion prevention and control (CPC) planning.
The Department of Defense now requires all weapon systems to include CPC planning as part of their design, acquisition, and sustainment.
“The new Corrosion Prevention and Control Planning standard will allow the DoD to facilitate the inclusion of corrosion-planning requirements in new contracts as it designs, acquires, and sustains new weapon systems and facilities,” said Daniel J. Dunmire, Director of the DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office. “The standard also will help the government establish critical requirements, and then communicate them in a consistent way to our large base of suppliers.”
“Equally important, the new standard offers a more practical and reliable method for influencing DoD’s acquisition and sustainment programs, and it will benefit all stakeholders,” Mr. Dunmire said.
While the new standard is considered groundbreaking for the DoD, it will also prove to be a vital tool for government and industry. According to a 2016 global impact study published by NACE, corrosion costs the United States an estimated $451 billion each year.
“In addition to industry, all federal, state, and local government agencies need this new standard to support future corrosion prevention and control improvements to the procurement, contracting, and sustainment of weapons systems and facilities at an acceptable cost,” Mr. Dunmire said.
“The fact that program and project managers can now reference this new standard, which defines the deterioration of materials, CPC planning characteristics, and the appropriate application of CPC technologies and practices, provides much-needed uniformity for government and industry,” he added.
Before the Corrosion Prevention and Control Planning standard debuted, there was no standard that defined the key elements of CPC planning for all public and private sector users (including suppliers of equipment, systems, platforms, vehicles, support equipment, and specialized components). Likewise, no comparable standard existed that addressed CPC planning for the country’s buildings, structures, airfields, port facilities, surface and subterranean utility systems, heating and cooling systems, fuel tanks, pavements, and bridges.
The new standard is easy for users to understand and navigate. It allows program and project managers to tailor their own CPC planning requirements using checklists designed to help them identify which requirements are applicable to their specific program or project.