In the Department of Homeland Security, the term “capability” refers to the means to accomplish a mission, function, or objective. Standards can play a critical role, enabling the development and ultimate deployment of a capability in support of the homeland security enterprise: in other words, a standards-enabled capability. Accomplishing this objective requires a broad spectrum of integrated activities. These include: identifying existing, relevant standards; developing or modifying differing types of standards, test methods to validate key performance parameters, and selection and use guidance; establishing an appropriate conformity assessment model; and any supporting research needed to guide the process. These activities occur at different times, potentially involving different organizations throughout the process, requiring varying levels of funding and management. The operational art of standards development orchestrates this process, harmonizing these activities throughout the development and deployment life cycle of the capability and ensuring that the standards are sustained and maintained to address any changes. This process plays out between the high-level, strategic plans and standards road maps, and the tactical actions carried out in the technical committee. It is essential to deploying an effective capability. The goal is to have the appropriate research, performance standards, test methods, validation of standards and specifications, appropriate conformity assessment, and guidance to support training and integration into the desired concept of operations. This underscores the need for an overarching standards management structure guiding the development of standards integration into the deployed capability.