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Ballistic Shock MIL-STD-8140 Method 522
Product Testing News

Ballistic Shock MIL-STD-810 Method 522

Ballistic Shock MIL-STD-810 Method 522 evaluates equipment designed for armored combat vehicles’ ability to withstand the shock associated with non-perforating large caliber munition impact or blast.  This testing can be used to provide a degree of confidence in the the equipment’s ability to function after such a shock, or be used to evaluate shock mitigation

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Lawsuit Filed Against Penn State
Cyber Security

Lawsuit Filed Against Penn State for Cybersecurity Claims

A lawsuit filed against Penn State University by the U.S. Department of Justice illustrates the challenges the government faces in instituting effective protection of data.  The suit filed under the False Claims Act (FCA) alleges, that the university misrepresented its adherence to required cybersecurity protocols in the handling of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) required.   

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Technical Assistance Agreement (TAA)
Export Compliance News

Technical Assistance Agreement (TAA) and ITAR

A Technical Assistance Agreement (TAA) is a requirement under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) when an organization exports a defense service, technical data, or the assembly of a defense article.  A defense article is defined as an item or technical data that is enumerated in the United States Munitions List (USML).  Other important

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Icing/Freezing Rain MIL-STD-810 Method 521
Product Testing News

Icing/Freezing Rain MIL-STD-810 Method 521

Icing/Freezing Rain MIL-STD-810 Method 521 testing is used to verify that equipment can operate when exposed to ice accumulations from rain, drizzle, or sea spray.  Freezing rain tests can also be used to evaluate de-icing equipment and techniques. Types of Ice Used in Testing Two types of icing is likely to occur in natural exposures: 

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Export Law and Immigration Discrimination
Export Compliance News

Export Law and Immigration Discrimination

Integrating compliance of export law and immigration discrimination requirements under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) can be challenging.  Employers who export items controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) must prevent the deemed export of technical data to non U.S. Persons while avoiding employment discrimination.  Recently, both SpaceX

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CUI Document Marking Requirements
Cyber Security

CUI Document Marking Requirements and CMMC 2.0

Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) document marking requirements apply to a wide range of users who access information related to the U.S. government. CUI  is unclassified information that requires safeguards or dissemination controls in accordance with governmental regulations and policies. CUI is categorized into 20 “Organizational Index Groupings” to address sectors such as Defense, Export Control,

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Monitoring of operational testing
Product Testing News

Monitoring of Operational Testing and MIL-STD-810

Monitoring of operational testing and the recording of all critical performance parameters has become a requirement in MIL-STD-810H.  Operational testing has been a part of MIL-STD-810 since Revision C in 1975.  It refers to testing the item in a manner that represents service use as documented in the mission profile.   Changes in Monitoring Requirements Successive revisions

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Managing an Export Compliance Program
Export Compliance News

Managing an Export Compliance Program

Managing an Export Compliance Program (ECP) properly ensures its effectiveness.  These programs are essential to the sustainability of a business.  However, any plan, no matter how well conceived, is only as effective as its execution.   Planning the Export Compliance Program Specific requirements for an Export Compliance Program are contingent on the types of products an

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Combined Environments MIL-STD-810 Method 520
Product Testing News

Combined Environments MIL-STD-810 Method 520

Combined Environments MIL-STD-810 Method 520 is used to evaluate the synergistic effects of multiple environmental stressors on equipment intended airborne applications.  The use of synergetic effects can uncover failures effecting the safety, performance, or integrity of equipment under test that individual stresses would not reveal.   Environmental factors that are applicable to this method are vibration,

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Product Testing News

Gunfire Shock MIL-STD-810 Method 519

Gunfire Shock MIL-STD-810 Method 519 testing is performed to ensure that equipment can operate and structurally withstand short duration, high-rate shocks from gunfire.  This test method is not intended for single shot gunfire from large Navy or tank guns.  Types of gunfire shock are referred to as gunfire schedules.  These shocks can include a combination

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counterfeit parts
Quality News

Counterfeit Parts and Quality Management Systems

Counterfeit Parts and Quality Management Systems (QMS) AS9100 and associated standards provide a Quality Management System (QMS) approach to the problem of counterfeit parts for the aviation, space, and defense industries.  These counterfeit electronics parts avoidance standards were created in response to requirements of the aerospace supply chain where counterfeit parts pose significant performance, reliability,

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Training for Export Compliance
Export Compliance News

Training for Export Compliance – ITAR and EAR

Regular training for export compliance is more important than ever.  This is due to dynamic changes in export regulations and increased enforcement of those regulations.  CVG Strategy offers up to date training for Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).  Our training is interesting and engaging for participants and allows ample

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Continuous Improvement and Organizational Development
Quality News

Continuous Improvement and Organizational Development

What is Continuous Improvement? Continuous Improvement and Organizational Development are valuable tools in a Quality Management System (QMS).  For improvement to occur it is essential that each important process in an organization be identified and analyzed.  Once identified and documented, these processes can be regularly reviewed to access effectiveness by applying improvement based on metrics. 

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Antiboycott Reporting and Compliance
Export Compliance News

Antiboycott Reporting and Compliance Changes

Matthew S. Axelrod, Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Commerce, released a memorandum July 26, 2023, announcing changes in antiboycott reporting and compliance requirements.  This announcement follows a series of similar memorandums from the Department of Commerce that have increased the intensity of export enforcement actions. History of U.S. Antiboycott Regulations

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Acidic Atmosphere MIL-STD-810 Method 518
Product Testing News

Acidic Atmosphere MIL-STD-810 Method 518

Acidic Atmosphere MIL-STD-810 Method 518 is used to evaluate protective coatings and materials resistance to corrosive atmospheres.  It is applicable for equipment that will be stored or operated in acidic atmospheres during its lifecycle.  This would include urban and industrial area environmental conditions or equipment that will be mounted near exhausts. Considerations for Acidic Atmosphere

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Voluntary Self-Disclosure Policy Updates
Export Compliance News

Voluntary Self-Disclosure Policy Updates

Voluntary Self-Disclosure policy updates were issued jointly by the Department of Commerce, Department of Treasury, and the Department of Justice.  Under the moniker of Tri-Seal, the three agencies provided information about the self-disclosure process for violations of sanctions, export regulations, and other national security laws. These three agencies have been increasingly coordinating efforts to prevent

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