This paper discusses the ramifications of current Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Reform policies on Navy equipment standardization initiatives and provides an overview of the objectives and benefits of making best value end item selections during the design and construction process. The DoD initiative to implement acquisition reform by changing the processes by which defense system and equipment requirements are defined and communicated to contractors is having significant impacts on equipment standardization programs. The emphasis on the use of non-developmental and commercial-off-the-shelf items (NDIs/COTS)combined with naval ship system and equipment requirements being expressed primarily in performance terms creates the potential for the introduction of large numbers of commercial equipment to the supply support system. Approaches to maximizing equipment standardization efforts in the era of commercial-based acquisition strategies are described and examples of standardization approaches using recent ship acquisitions (Strategic Sealift, LHD 1,DDG 51, and LPD 17) are presented. Possible approaches for the use of performance-based equipment databases and real-time linkages through he Internet with COTS manufacturers are discussed. Impacts that could change the structure of existing logistics support systems and result in substantial improvements in both cost and performance of shipboard equipment and components are addressed.