Defense Industrial Base Assessment: Counterfeit Electronics
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WASHINGTON DC BUREAU OF INDUSTRY AND SECURITY
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In June 2007, the U.S. Department of the Navy, Naval Air Systems Command NAVAIR asked the Bureau of Industry and Securitys BIS Office of Technology Evaluation OTE to conduct a defense industrial base assessment of counterfeit electronics. NAVAIR suspected that an increasing number of counterfeitdefective electronics were infiltrating the DoD supply chain and affecting weapon system reliability. Counterfeits could complicate the Navys ability to sustain platforms with extended life-cycles and maintain weapon systems in combat operations. The purpose of this study is to provide statistics on the extent of the infiltration of counterfeits into U.S. defense and industrial supply chains, to provide an understanding of industry and government practices that contribute to the problem, and to identify best practices and recommendations for handling and preventing counterfeit electronics. OTE surveyed five segments of the U.S. supply chain - original component manufacturers OCMs, distributors and brokers, circuit board assemblers, prime contractors and subcontractors, and Department of Defense DOD agencies. The objectives of the survey were to assess levels of suspectedconfirmed counterfeit parts types of devices being counterfeited practices employed in the procurement and management of electronic parts record keeping and reporting practices techniques used to detect parts and best practices employed to control the infiltration of counterfeits.
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
- Military Forces and Organizations