is the property of a system
, subsystem, equipment, or process that enables it to continue to function within specified performance limits for an extended period of time
, usually months, despite a severe natural or man-made disturbance, such as a nuclear attack, or a loss of external logistic or utility support.
Note: Endurability is not compromised by temporary failures when the local capability exists to restore and maintain the system, subsystem, equipment, or process to an acceptable performance level.
Source: from Federal Standard 1037C and from MIL-STD-188