Here is yet another article blaming contractors for DoD’s counterfeit parts problem …
“Counterfeit Electronics and the China Connection”
by Michael Pecht and Len Zuga, CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Center
SMT Magazine, April 2012
This is the second article I’ve seen over the past five months co-authored by Dr. Pecht of UMD that includes the basic theme blaming contractors “who placed expediency and profit above all else.” (here is the first)
I am concerned that this article presents this theme in a sweeping fashion and as universal truth. Are there contractors who fit this description? Perhaps. From my experience, it is not accurate to paint the contractor community at large with such a broad brush.
Speaking for the business unit I work for- this is not the case. In fact, the due diligence we apply to detect counterfeits among those offered on the open market is not an expedient path, nor is it “profit-friendly” (not for us as the buyer anyway). Based on my engagement with colleagues and subject matter experts working for other A&D contractors, I find that those who have established robust counterfeit avoidance practices report the same.
My writings on the subject of counterfeit parts avoidance include discussions about what tends to drive A&D contractors to source products from the open market, e.g. unresolved obsolescence issues, sudden disruptions in authorized supply, etc.
For your consideration,