Eric Treadwell an engineer in the C-5 program office. He has spent twelve years working in the Air Transport Test Loading Activity (ATTLA) and various cargo aircraft program offices on air transport and air drop of cargo. In addition to updating MIL-STD-1791, Eric authored ATTLA’s cargo analysis program, T-Loader. T-Loader consolidates geometric and weight limits from six different aircrafts’ TOs to facilitate evaluation and automate routine calculations. To expedite fulfilling the DoD’s 24/7 world-wide demand for ATTLA’s air transport certifications, Mr. Treadwell spearheaded development of ATTLA’s “community of practice” website, making the certificates available for download to authorized users. He is also vice president of a writer’s group in Dayton and has a handful of unpublished novels.
Department of Defense (DoD) procurement references a large number of military-unique specifications, standards, and handbooks (standardization documents). Project proposals and contracts with the DoD reference these standardization documents, often down to the sub-paragraph level. The process of finding only those paragraphs which apply to a given project, and listing them, is called “tailoring” and consumes considerable engineering time. Unfortunately, current instructions for military standardization documents (MIL-STD-961/962/963) offer neither guidance nor direction on this “tailoring” process. A process is needed that will extract only the applicable references for any project description. Using the proposed “Dynamic Tailoring” method, a Subject Matter Expert (SME) can easily write this needed “tailoring” process. Dynamic Tailoring allows rapid, accurate, and precise retrieval of information contained in standardization documents. Dynamic Tailoring also removes language barriers introduced by selection of keywords, use of jargon, or unfamiliar terminology. Further, SME knowledge is preserved and made available in the form of the Dynamic Tailoring algorithm.