4. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
This section covers general aspects of style, format, and requirements that are applicable to all specifications covered by this document.
A specification shall be prepared to describe essential technical requirements for products, materials, or services. Similar items shall be covered in a single specification to the maximum extent practical. Specifications shall describe the item in a manner that encourages maximum competition. To the greatest extent possible, specification requirements shall be written so that commercial products or processes may be used to meet the requirements. Performance specifications shall be developed instead of detail specifications, whenever possible. (See 5.8.1 and 5.8.2 for a discussion on the differences between performance and detail specifications.)
4.2.1 Tailoring of requirements. Specifications shall be written and structured so that referenced documents, requirements, and verification provisions can be readily tailored to suit different applications.
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1.1 Scope. This standard establishes the format and content requirements for the preparation of defense specifications and program-unique specifications prepared either by DoD activities or by contractors for the DoD. It also covers the format and content requirements for specification sheets, supplements, revisions, amendments, and notices.
2. APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS
2.1 General. The documents listed in this section are specified in sections 3, 4, or 5 of this standard. This section does not include documents cited in other sections of this standard or recommended for additional information or as examples. While every effort has been made to ensure the completeness of this list, document users are cautioned that they must meet all specified requirements of documents cited in sections 3, 4, or 5 of this standard, whether or not they are listed.