This is a comment on Jim Thomas article, Time to Take Stock, which was recently copied in the SAE Navigator.
The positions taken in ISO and the CEN Agreement and underpinned
by Mr. M.A. Smiths 1995 paper only serve to confirm a concern
that I have had from the early 1990s and the rise of ISO in U.S.
From my earliest encounter with ISO, which dated to 1990, I have
been concerned that it would be used by European governments to
create a wedge to be driven between U.S. industryin my case,
airframe manufactureand our potential international customers.
That is to say that ISO would be so manipulated as to cast customer
doubts on U.S. standards because, after all, they are not developed
by the ISO process. It has taken a while for this concern to
become manifest, but now it has surfaced with all of its ugly
Our international trade representatives must take the strongest
possible position in Geneva to make clear that the United States
will not acquiesce in this stealth trade war abetted by the Geneva
Bartley P. Osborne, Jr.
Chairman, SAE Aerospace Council
Vice President, Engineering (Retd.)
Lockheed Martin Aeronautical
An Evolving Interest
Re: The November 2000 issue of SN.
Other than Plain Talk for a New Generation, the article on geosynthetics,
plus one or two other minor subjects, this issue presented a whole
new genre of the future ASTMs world and base of membership/customers.
You did a masterful job of editorially subtly transitioning the
scope of ASTMs traditional interests into entirely new spheres
of applications. Rest assured this is not a complaint or criticism
by any stretch of the words, but simply acknowledging the sober
reality that hit me when I read through this issue as never before,
that ASTM is changing, as it absolutely must, to be relevant to
whatever public/private sectors can benefit from the process.
John A. Millane
Tinius Olsen Testing Machine Company
Willow Grove, Pa.
Former ASTM Chairman of the Board