“In June 2012, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Office of Technology Evaluation, in coordination with the U.S. Air Force, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Reconnaissance Office began a survey and assessment of the U.S. space industrial base supply chain network. The principal purpose of this project is to gain an understanding of the complicated network supporting the development, production and sustainment of products and services across the defense, intelligence community, civil and commercial space sectors.”
The “Second Waypoint Preliminary Findings” briefing includes some interesting findings concerning ‘encounters with counterfeits’…
Encounters with Counterfeits
From 2009-2012, 175 respondents encountered counterfeits in some form.
Of these, 71 respondents do not have a formal, written protocol for handling, documenting, and reporting incidents of counterfeits.
Overall, 74 percent of respondents do not have a formal protocol for handling counterfeits.
66 percent of respondents involved in manufacturing (including assembly) do not have a formal protocol for handling counterfeits.
Type of Counterfeits – # of Respondents
Electronics – 104
Materials (metals, alloys, elements, etc.) – 29
Other types of Counterfeits – 20
Software – 17
Fasteners – 15
Testing procedures and/or documentation – 13
Power source or energy storage equipment – 8
Mechanical systems (hydraulics, gear boxes, etc.) – 3
Systems/sub-systems (navigation, communication, propulsion, etc.) – 3