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World War I clearly demonstrated the economies which engineering standards provide. To obtain such benefits in the radio field at this time, the War Committee on Radio is developing, under the war procedure of the American Standards Association, standards for radio components. The wartime and peacetime procedures of preparing standards are described. To be most useful, single designs of components must be chosen which are suitable for all military and naval conditions which may be met all over the world, and each part must carry unchanged its own identification number throughout all of the branches of the Armed Services. These standards must not only give complete instructions to the manufacturer who produces the component but must also provide the equipment design engineer with all the data he needs. To permit the inspection of components by personnel with sharply limited engineering knowledge, the standards are written in simple language and mathematics and other complexities are avoided.