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Configuration Management Plan

Product Baseline



The product baseline is the approved product configuration documentation, sometimes referred to as the "as-built" configuration.

Product configuration documentation is the detailed design documentation including those verifications necessary for accepting product deliveries (first article and acceptance inspections.)  Based on program production/procurement strategies, the design information contained in the product configuration documentation can be as simple as identifying a specific part number or as complex as full design disclosure.



The Product Baseline is established after the PCA has verified the documentation.



The System PM establishes/approves the Product Baseline for CI managed by the Government.

The contractor establishes/approves the Product Baseline for CI managed by the contractor.



Terms and Definitions

General References

Specific References:

  • MIL-HDBK-61A[1], Par 5.5 (NOTE: MIL-HDBK-61A has not yet been updated in accordance with the new DoDI 5000.2, May 2003)

The Product baseline includes documentation such as:

  • Component interface specifications
  • Component specifications
  • Engineering Drawings
  • Integrated database that captures the design, data, models & tools used, metrics, changes, design rationale, and other pertinent information on decisions or clarifications made to component requirements.


[1] Go to Defense Standardization Program Office, ASSIST Database for the most up-to-date and ONLY official version of MIL-HDBK-61A. (


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