Monthly Archives: September 2012

Pentagon struggles to secure a supply chain it no longer dominates –

“When it comes to securing the technology supply chain, the Defense Department needs to accept the fact that it no longer dominates the market for most of the products it buys, the department’s top industrial policy official said Wednesday….”

Pentagon struggles to secure a supply chain it no longer dominates –

Affidavit — Ex-employee tipped feds to Kustom Products Inc.’s alleged schemes – Coos Bay World

“Federal agents search Kustom Products Inc. for evidence the company supplied the U.S. Defense Department with non-conforming, defective and counterfeit parts. …”

More at The World.

Pentagon Presses Weapons Factory And Software Safeguards – AOL Defense

“For all the senatorial furor over Chinese counterfeit parts making their way into US weapons, the Pentagon is worried about something worse. Corrupt subcontractors selling knock-off products at brand-name prices is much easier to cope with than foreign governments covertly altering those components to grant themselves a back door into American systems. …”

More at AOL Defense.

Defense Logistics Agency Briefing on “Counterfeit Items Detection & Prevention”

This briefing was recently presented by Ms Christine Metz, Technical & Quality Process Owner reporting within the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). In this briefing, Ms Metz describes counterfeit item detection and prevention activity with the DLA.

Thank you, Ms Metz, for your permission to make this briefing material available.

“Counterfeit Items Detection & Prevention”

Speaker Line-up Set for SAE International Counterfeit Parts Avoidance Symposium

“A comprehensive group of experts will highlight SAE International’s "2012 Counterfeit Parts Avoidance Symposium," – which will be held Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 in Phoenix, AZ. …”

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FAR / DFAR Case Update (21 Sept 2012)

The FAR/DFAR page includes status updates from the 21 September ‘Open Cases Reports’.

Four of the five cases listed here have reports due 10/03/2012.

Draft NIST IR 7622, Notional Supply Chain Risk Management Practices for Federal Information Systems

This work in progress calls for an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) Plan “that addresses, in detail, their internal and external practices and controls employed to minimize the risk posed by counterfeits/grey market elements, and known and unknown vulnerabilities in systems, elements, and services.


NIST ICT Supply Chain Workshop

On October 15 and 16, 2012, NIST will host a two-day workshop at its Gaithersburg, Md., headquarters to engage multiple stakeholders to help establish a foundation for NIST’s future work on ICT supply chain risk management (SCRM). …


“If you are going to rely on paper, at least do more than just rely on the document itself.”

The “China Law Blog” posting on “China Business Scams and How to Avoid Them” includes important an important lesson about depending on documentation to establish confidence in business practices and products. …
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SAE International Unveils “Counterfeit Parts Portal”

“… SAE International offers its new ‘Counterfeit Parts Portal.’ The portal is designed as an information clearing house for manufacturers and engineers trying to cope with the counterfeit parts challenge. …”

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