- Design, component and system engineers a ready source of parts and other technical information to significantly help shorten the time required for design and parts selection. Information about nonconforming products, suspect counterfeit items, product obsolescence, loss of sources, and guidance/findings on electronics and materials, can be used to avoid costly delays in the development of new or modified systems.
- Production engineers information about new and innovative techniques to improve production processes and reduce production costs. Manufacturing practices data contains information on practices submitted and used by industry.
- Reliability engineers valuable failure information for modeling and assessment studies which can help preclude system malfunctions and potential disasters at any point in the acquisition or operating processes.
- Logisticians discontinued part notices, reports on components suspected of being counterfeit, and product change notices important in maintaining weapon systems that have been in use for decades. Logisticians can also access mean repair time data for use in projecting logistics support and supply requirements.
- Management access to others’ best practices such as cost estimating and cost studies, value engineering, soldering technology, facility management, and other management information.
- Calibration laboratories access to many current calibration procedures and thousands of technical manuals for test and measurement equipment, many of which are now out of print.
- Federal and Military Personnel access to Failure Experience data, including but not limited to, top level Agency Action Notices and Lessons Learned documents on a diverse variety of topics. These may even include "government only" accessible documents, often related to suspect counterfeit materials, for which the Defense Criminal Investigative Service may wish to limit distribution to protect potential litigation cases. For these documents, distribution is intentionally limited to ensure safety and critical information that may impact the war fighter (and other device end users) is distributed as soon as possible. In past cases, suspect counterfeit items have been pulled from inventory/stores at various agencies thereby minimizing or avoiding additional use and maximizing safety and the prevention of unplanned agency expenditures.
- All members the opportunity to benefit from a broad range of professional contacts representing almost every technical discipline and endeavor across the US and Canada. The Urgent Data Request is a tool used to communicate program materiel and supply needs across the network of GIDEP participants.
GIDEP operates on the philosophy of "Having the information waiting for the user, not the user waiting for the information". Since the inception of GIDEP the emphasis has been on the rapid transmission of current information directly to its users. This emphasis has not changed.
GIDEP operates to serve its members and strives to provide a 24/7 on-line database containing a wealth of information based on users’ experiences in technical disciplines involved in maintaining the strength of the industrial base and national security. Members can easily access, search for information needed, download desired documents to a personal computer, and print on a local printer or store for later use. At the same time, GIDEP depends on its participating members to regularly submit test reports, calibration procedures, reliability statistical data, failure analysis data, and other technical information related to parts, processes, equipment, software, systems, and issues of safety.