Counterfeits Uncovered in DOD Supply Chain

May 23, 2012
Categories: Counterfeit

This week, the Senate Armed Services Committee released a report documenting a year-long investigation into counterfeit electronics in the Department of Defense (DOD) supply chain. Among the findings, it was revealed that there were counterfeits found “in assemblies intended for Special Operations helicopters, and in a Navy surveillance plane among 1,800 cases of bogus parts.”  From these and other cases, suspect counterfeit parts involved exceeded one million.

The investigation was launched by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., the committee’s chairman, and Ranking Member Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. They stated in the announcement:

“Our report outlines how this flood of counterfeit parts, overwhelmingly from China, threatens national security, the safety of our troops and American jobs,” Levin said. “It underscores China’s failure to police the blatant market in counterfeit parts – a failure China should rectify.”

“Our committee’s report makes it abundantly clear that vulnerabilities throughout the defense supply chain allow counterfeit electronic parts to infiltrate critical U.S. military systems, risking our security and the lives of the men and women who protect it,” said McCain. “As directed by last year’s Defense Authorization bill, the Department of Defense and its contractors must attack this problem more aggressively, particularly since counterfeiters are becoming better at shielding their dangerous fakes from detection.”

An article today mentions that DOD officials continue to step up action and also work closely with the White House’s intellectual property coordinator to “strengthen reporting requirements and contracting clauses through changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation.”  The DOD will also work closely with “law enforcement agencies to investigate the situation and prosecute those convicted” and debar companies supplying counterfeit parts.

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