New Jersey Man Admits Smuggling $65 Million in Sensitive Electronic Components to Russia’s Ministry of Defense, Federal Security Service | Department of Justice

… According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Brazhnikov Jr. and his companies are part of a sophisticated procurement network that has surreptitiously acquired large quantities of license-controlled electronic components from American manufacturers and vendors and exported those items to Russia on behalf of Russian business entities that were authorized to supply them to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) and Russian entities involved in the design of nuclear warheads, weapons and tactical platforms. …

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Department of The Navy Instruction 4855.20 – COUNTERFEIT MATERIEL PREVENTION

4855.20 – COUNTERFEIT MATERIEL PREVENTION establishes Department of the Navy (DON) policy to prevent the introduction of counterfeit materiel into DON
systems.

From New Instructions – Department of The Navy Issuances System.

FAR / DFAR Case Update (29 May 2015)

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What’s Really Inside? – Semiconductor Engineering

Concern is growing that devices of all types, including military hardware, may contain extra circuits or malicious code.

via Semiconductor Engineering .:. What’s Really Inside?.

Chip Supplier Pleads Diminished Capacity to Avoid Imprisonment after Selling Counterfeit Parts to the U.S. Navy and Others — ERAI Blog

Chip Supplier Pleads Diminished Capacity to Avoid Imprisonment after Selling Counterfeit Parts to the U.S. Navy and Others …

“The government is concerned that thousands of the parts he sold may already be installed on critical equipment, including the military, or warehoused as spares or replacement parts. To mitigate this risk, the U.S. States Attorney’s office has released a list of companies that purchased parts from Picone. All of the customers named in this report placed orders which specifically prohibited parts from China. Releasing this report allows Picone’s customers and any of their customers to check their inventories for counterfeit ICs.”

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Homeland Security Foundation of America Focuses on Counterfeit Mitigation in the DHS Supply Chain. – PR.com

Homeland Security Foundation of America (HSFA) Public Safety Committee Chairman, Matthew Anthes, announced a plan to help identify vulnerabilities within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) supply chain. This new effort stems from a recent publication titled, “Maintaining a Secure Homeland: A Plan to keep Counterfeit Parts out of the Supply Chain”, in which HSFA discusses risks associated with government agencies using counterfeit parts. In this white paper, HSFA recommends the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other law enforcement agencies implement a risk based process for the procurement of components no longer available from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) or their authorized distributors.

via Homeland Security Foundation of America.

Counterfeiter Tricks of the Trade: How Fake Goods Might Get Past Inspectors – ABC News

As part of a nearly year-long investigation into counterfeit goods, ABC News’ “20/20” was allowed inside these inspection locations in Newark, New Jersey, Miami and Los Angeles.

Watch the full story on ABC News’ “20/20″ on Friday, May 15 at 10 p.m. ET.

Counterfeiter Tricks of the Trade: How Fake Goods Might Get Past Inspectors – ABC News

Investigation eyes defense equipment defects – The Japan News

The ministry has decided more stringent quality management of components used in defense equipment is necessary after revelations that defective parts thought to have been made in China have caused problems in U.S. military systems. …

Investigation eyes defense equipment defects – The Japan News.

FAR / DFAR Case Update (4 May 2015)

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SMTA/CALCE Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials

SMTA and CALCE are pleased to announce the east coast venue for the Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials. The program will be held June 23-25.

More at SMTA.

 

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