MIL-STD Military Standards are published by the United States Department of Defense for a variety of applications in electronic, avionic, aeronautic, and battery testing. The Military Standard Handbook (MIL-HDBK) of MIL-STD links in each of these contain more specific details on testing scenarios and failure types that are addressed in each standard.


  • This document aims to discuss, in brief, the mathematics and engineering approaches involved in the DFR process. It is designed to provide the next level of detail following the current GEIA-STD-0009 “Reliability Program Standard for Systems Design, Development, and Manufacturing”, which covers the “what to do” of design and building inherently reliable systems.
  • Testing for design for Reliability Processes - Early in the design processes, Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) is utilized to expose early prototypes and existing components to the full range of expected operating conditions, within a controlled environment.


  • The handbook is written for reliability managers and engineers and provides guidance in developing and implementing a sound reliability program for all types of products.
  • This Handbook is intended for use by both contractor and government personnel during the conceptual, validation, full scale development, production phases of an equipment/system life cycle.


  • This Handbook provides techniques for planning and evaluating Environmental Stress Screening (ESS) programs.
  • Testing for assemblies (SRU) equipment or unit (LRU/LRM).


  • This handbook provides guidelines for Environmental Stress Screening (ESS) of electronic equipment, including environmental screening conditions, duration’s of exposure, procedures, equipment operation, actions taken upon detection of defects, and screening documentation.
  • Testing for fixed ground equipment mobile ground vehicle equipment shipboard equipment *sheltered * exposed jet aircraft equipment turbo-propeller and rotary-wing aircraft equipment air launched weapons and assembled external stores


  • This standard contains materiel acquisition program planning and engineering direction for considering the influences that environmental stresses have on materiel throughout all phases of its service life.
  • Testing for The tailoring process described in this standard (i.e., systematically considering detrimental effects that various environmental factors may have on a specific materiel system throughout its service life) applies throughout the materiel acquisition cycle to all materiel developed for military or commercial applications, including foreign and non-development item (NDI) procurement, procurement's, or modifications of Allied systems or materiel, and cooperative development opportunities with one or more Allied nations to meet user and interoperability needs (DoDD 5000.1).*Note that this spec. is being revised specifically for HALT and HASS.


  • This standard establishes uniform methods, controls, and procedures for testing microelectronic devices suitable for use within Military and Aerospace electronic systems including basic environmental tests to determine resistance to deleterious effects of natural elements and conditions surrounding military and space operations; mechanical and electrical tests; workmanship and training procedures; and such other controls and constraints as have been deemed necessary to ensure a uniform level of quality and reliability suitable to the intended applications of those devices.
  • Testing for the purpose of this standard, the term “devices” includes such items as monolithic, multi-chip, film and hybrid microcircuits, microcircuit arrays, and the elements from which the circuits and arrays are formed. This standard is intended to apply only to microelectronic devices.


  • This Standard establishes the environmental and structural ground testing requirements for launch vehicles, upper-stage vehicles, space vehicles, and for their subsystems and units. In addition, a uniform set of definitions of related terms is established.
  • 1) Development - Engineering characterization tests and tests to validate qualification and acceptance procedures (Section 5). 2) Qualification test - Vehicle, subsystem, and unit levels (Section 6). 3) Acceptance test - Vehicle, subsystem, and unit levels (Section 7). 4) Flight proof and qualification test - Vehicle, subsystem, and unit levels (Section 8). 5) Pre-launch validation tests and follow-on Operational tests and evaluations - Integrated system tests, initial operational tests and evaluations, and operational tests (Section 9). *Note that this spec. is being revised specifically for HALT and HASS*.