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Release No: 567-94
October 06, 1994


Deputy Secretary of Defense John Deutch today announced the release of the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual. The manual, known as the NISPOM, will standardize security policy for all Executive Branch agencies conducting classified industrial programs and eliminate outdated regulatory provisions. More than 12,000 companies and independent contractors working with classified government information will be affected by this manual.

The NISPOM is the product of a six-year effort by hundreds of security specialists to eliminate duplicative industrial security requirements for a single company working with several government agencies. Now all agencies will use the same basic rules. The manual also places greater emphasis on risk management rather than risk avoidance in the administration of industrial security. "The National Industrial Security Program creates the framework to adapt security policies and practices to evolving conditions, threats and program needs," Deutch stated.

Numerous Federal agencies and industry groups have collaborated in this effort. The Aerospace Industries Association, for example, is credited with providing early leadership for the program which led to the NISPOM manual. "The NISPOM will greatly reduce the chance for confusion, duplication and waste that result from a proliferation of redundant and often conflicting documents," said AIA President Don Fuqua.

The NISPOM replaces the Department of Defense Industrial Security Manual for Safeguarding Classified Information of January 1991.

N.B. A copy of the National Industrial Security Manual is available for review by the news media in the Directorate for Defense Information, room 2E765, the Pentagon. Copies will be made available to industry through standard document distribution procedures.

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