What Information Is in the NSN Database?


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The NATO Stock Number, or National Stock Number, database contains United States Department of Defense supply item names, descriptions and current prices set by the federal General Services Administration. The United States' national stock numbers are managed by the Defense Logistics Agency.

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National stock numbers are 13-digits and created using a harmonized system for simplicity, uniformity and expandability. The first four digits represent a NATO Supply Classification code, which sorts different types of items. This is followed by two digits representing the National Codification Bureau code that differs by country. The remaining seven numbers are a unique identifier for a single particular supply item.

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