DoD projects can be challenging by their very nature. Having to apply Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) concurrent with NFPA requirements can complicate matters if not properly implemented. The UFC imposes many requirements that are more restrictive than those found in NFPA standards. However, locating the requirements is not always simple. Understanding where and how to find UFC requirements, and how to integrate these requirements with those of NFPA standards is paramount for a successful project. The impact of not knowing these things can be costly in terms of time, money and reputation. This presentation will explain how the UFC and NFPA requirements can be used effectively to maintain profit and complete fire protection system projects on time without surprises.