Meller Optics, Inc. has announced that it has received DFARS certification. The Defense Acquisition Regulations System (DFARS) regulates the use and dissemination of controlled unclassified information (CUI), which is a step below top-secret. DFARS compliance requires Department of Defense (DoD) contractors to establish security controls for their information systems and the data they move, store, and process.

Meller Optics routinely supplies sapphire optics and optics made from other materials to the U.S. Navy and other DoD agencies and vendors. Founded in 1921, Meller has manufactured parts for NASA and the defense industry since the 1960s. They have supplied windows for the Tomahawk missile’s navigation systems, internal sapphire optics for the stinger missile, and the Sapphire Lens Array for the Kepler Space Telescope.

DFARS standards follow the rules and guidelines set forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), specifically its special publication 800-171, which must be adopted by any organization that works for the DoD. The DFARS certification process is comprehensive, includes a site survey, and typically takes over a year.

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