HASC Calls for MDA to Assess the Use of Assembly Level Stress Testing to Detect Counterfeit Parts

In its 7 June report, the US House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services directs the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to assess the use modern highly accelerated life testing and highly accelerated stress screening (HALT/HASS) testing equipment and processes as a means to reveal “latent design flaws (including those based on the use of faulty or counterfeit parts) that can go undetected with legacy testing approaches.”

113TH CONGRESS, 1st Session
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REPORT 113–102
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON H.R. 1960
7 JUNE 2013, pp. 96 – 97

Report on HALT/HASS Testing of Ballistic Missile Defense Systems and Components

The committee continues to be concerned by issues of reliability in the design and development of critical ballistic missile defense (BMD) system components and subcomponents as well as the potential for counterfeit parts to enter into the missile defense supply chain.

Effective utilization of modern methods and equipment for highly accelerated life testing and highly accelerated stress screening (HALT/HASS) during early design stages has been demonstrated to yield significant improvements in reliability and more effective product designs, as well as cost savings. Through modern HALT/BASS testing, key components and subcomponents are subjected to overstresses, revealing latent design flaws (including those based on the use of faulty or counterfeit parts) that can go undetected with legacy testing approaches.

Therefore, the committee directs the Director, Missile Defense Agency, to conduct an assessment of the value, feasibility, and cost of greater utilization of modern HALT/HASS testing equipment and processes to shorten design and development timelines, reduce system and component testing and lifecycle costs, and enhance reliability of critical missile defense systems and components. In addition, the assessment should consider whether and to what extent greater utilization of modern HALT/HASS testing equipment and processes could help address the growing problem of detecting and preventing the introduction of counterfeit parts into critical missile defense systems, components, and subcomponents. Additionally, based on the findings of this assessment, the Director should provide the committees his recommendations regarding use of HALT/ HAS. The committee directs that the results of this assessment be briefed to the congressional defense committees by not later than January 15, 2014.

Source: The U.S Government Printing Office (GPO)

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2 thoughts on “HASC Calls for MDA to Assess the Use of Assembly Level Stress Testing to Detect Counterfeit Parts

  1. Henry: Thank you for sharing this information. Finally; the latency and Reliability issues are being addressed as we we talked about it at the UConn conference. Sultan

    • Sultan,

      I speculate that one of the outcomes of this study will indicate …
      (1) Acquiring parts from more trustworthy suppliers is the best defense against counterfeits, and
      (2) When (1) is not a viable option, stress testing at the part level is a more effective and less costly means to detect “latent flaws” (http://wp.me/p263iE-8h)

      As you know, the challenge will be to establish a part level test protocal that will detect damage induced by stresses, handling and contamination associated with counterfeiting operations.

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