Pollution prevention is a concern to numerous industries. Aerospace manufacturers have a new challenge in the technical arena known as life cycle environmental engineering. The Department of Defense (DoD) now incorporates these requirements into its acquisition policies and directives. The focus is to minimize or eliminate the use of hazardous materials throughout the life cycle of future DoD products. This new and emerging technology necessitates that another element be added to the design, manufacturing, testing, and maintenance of DoD products. Aerospace industries must incorporate this task into their business objectives if they are to compete in today's defense marketplace. This paper answers questions concerning DoD directives and explains how companies can develop an approach to meeting these environmental life cycle requirements.

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