Accession Number:

ADA551825

Title:

DOD Supply Chain: Preliminary Observations Indicate That Counterfeit Electronic Parts Can Be Found on Internet Purchasing Platforms

Descriptive Note:

Congressional testimony

Corporate Author:

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-11-08

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

Abstract:

Thank you for the opportunity to discuss the preliminary observations of our ongoing investigation into the availability of counterfeit military-grade electronic parts on Internet purchasing platforms. Counterfeit parts -- generally those whose sources knowingly misrepresent the parts identity or pedigree -- have the potential to seriously disrupt the Department of Defense DoD supply chain, delay missions, affect the integrity of weapon systems, and ultimately endanger the lives of our troops. Almost anything is at risk of being counterfeited, from fasteners used on aircraft to electronics used on missile guidance systems. There can be many sources of counterfeit parts, as DoD draws from a large network of global suppliers. We recently reported that the increase in counterfeit electronic parts is one of several potential barriers DoD faces in addressing parts quality problems. In your request letter, you cited specific questions about the availability of counterfeit parts on Internet platforms commonly used to buy hard-to-find military-grade electronic parts, including those used in weapon systems. My statement today summarizes preliminary observations from our ongoing investigation into the purchase and authenticity testing of selected, military-grade electronic parts that may enter the DoD supply chain. We will issue our final report when our investigation is complete.

Subject Categories:

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE