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Release No: 024-95
January 19, 1995


Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology Paul Kaminski signed today the implementation document for National Aerospace Standard (NAS) 411 in Palmdale, California.

"This standard will help DoD better protect the environment, save taxpayer dollars and ensure the best performance of our weapons and the readiness of our troops." said Kaminski.

NAS 411 is the commercial standard for contractors to reduce or eliminate hazardous material in all phases of a weapon system's life cycle. NAS 411 provides a flexible process for managing hazardous materials in the acquisition and life cycle of a weapon system. The standard will help reduce hazardous materials usage and the generation of pollutants, not only during the manufacturing stage, but also during the operations and maintenance, of a typical weapon system's 30 year life.

NAS 411 provides a uniform framework for contractors to identify, manage, minimize, and eliminate hazardous materials wherever possible. This standard ensures a flexible, systematic process for managing hazardous materials in the acquisition and life cycle of weapon systems. Having one uniform system to manage hazardous materials within a contract allows the contractor to avoid costly "program-specific" requirements.

By implementing this standard, DoD will save money on the life cycle costs of its weapon systems. For example, the F-22 program has eliminated all but one use of the ozone depleting substances from production, operation and maintenance procedures. This is in contrast to the number of ozone depleting substance uses in the C-5A program, which is over 3,000.

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