Questions re ‘Trusted Suppliers’

According to Section 818 of the FY2012 NDAA, DOD is expected to revise regulations to “require that, whenever possible, the Department and Department contractors and subcontractors at all tiers–

(i) obtain electronic parts that are in production or currently available in stock from the original manufacturers of the parts or their authorized dealers, or from trusted suppliers who obtain such parts exclusively from the original manufacturers of the parts or their authorized dealers; and

(ii) obtain electronic parts that are not in production or currently available in stock from trusted suppliers …”

In response to another essay within this blog, I received questions concerning the definition of trusted suppliers and started this blog post for discussing this topic.

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4 thoughts on “Questions re ‘Trusted Suppliers’

  1. Steve Ingardia says:

    Is there a definition of “Trusted Source” yet? Can a broker who performs counterfeit testing IAW CCAP-101 or AS5553 be considered a trusted source? How dangerous (from a financial liability standpoint) would it be to buy from a “trusted broker” when the parts are in fact available from the OEM just because someone does not want to accept the high cost of a min buy from the OEM? They can therefore save $10,000 going to the trusted broker. The risk is that the test house missed that the parts are some form of counterfeit. It seems like the contractor who made the broker purchase would not have a leg to stand on in court! I did see that the law will require us to notify the customer if we plan to go to a broker.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The term “trusted” as used in the NDAA is to be defined. The NDAA directs programs to determine qualifications to be a trusted supplier (read the rest of the NDAA 818 for a description of the process it is requiring). It is unfortunate that the term “trusted” has already been applied to a program with select IC manufacturers who fab within the US, and meet criteria for IP security and design protection for critical DoD ICs (the Trusted Access Program). They often call themselves trusted suppliers.

  3. Brian Steeves says:

    Whom do you trust? Someone you’ve never met, or a friend with whom you have worked for a long period of time? What it comes down to, is that you need to specify exactly what it is that you need, and then go procure it from some with whom you have done business successfully in the past. When you are forced to go to an alternate source of supply, then testing thoroughly is your only recourse, prior to putting these alternate parts in your hardware, to avoid surprises – financial, schedule, reliability, etc. The increased cost of screening everything can be made to look small when it is determined that you have used a counterfeit part which has compromised the system in which it resides. It’s all about the money, in the truest sense of the phrase.

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