The NDAA for 2019 passed by the Senate 19 June discusses “a pilot program to test the feasibility and reliability of using machine-vision technologies to determine the authenticity and security of microelectronic parts in weapon systems.”
(Thank you to G Bogert for bringing this to my attention)
H.R.5515 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019
(Passed by US Senate – 06/19/2018)
SEC. 5203. PILOT PROGRAM TO TEST MACHINE-VISION TECHNOLOGIES TO DETERMINE THE AUTHENTICITY AND SECURITY OF MICROELECTRONIC PARTS IN WEAPON SYSTEMS.
(a) Pilot Program Authorized.–The Under Secretary of Defense for
Research and Engineering, in coordination with the Defense
Microelectronics Activity, shall establish a pilot program to test the
feasibility and reliability of using machine-vision technologies to
determine the authenticity and security of microelectronic parts in
(b) Objectives of Pilot Program.–The objective of the pilot
program required by subsection (a) shall include determining the
(1) The effectiveness and technology readiness level of
machine-vision technologies to determine the authenticity of
microelectronic parts at the time of the creation of such part
through final insertion of such part into weapon systems.
(2) The best method of incorporating machine-vision
technologies into the process of developing, transporting, and
inserting microelectronics into weapon systems.
(3) The rules, regulations, or processes that hinder the
development and incorporation of machine-vision technologies,
and the application of such rules, regulations, or processes to
mitigate counterfeit microelectronics proliferation throughout
the Department of Defense.
(c) Consultation.–In carrying out the pilot program required by
subsection (a), the Under Secretary may consult with the following:
(1) Manufacturers of semiconductors or electronics.
(2) Industry associations relating to semiconductors or
(3) Original equipment manufacturers of products for the
Department of Defense.
(4) Nontraditional defense contractors (as defined in
section 2302 of title 10, United States Code) that are machine-
(5) Federal laboratories (as defined in section 2500 of
title 10, United States Code).
(6) Other elements of the Department of Defense that fall
under the authority of the Under Secretary of Defense for
Research and Engineering.
(d) Commencement and Duration.–The pilot program established under this section shall be established not later than April 1, 2019, and all activities under such pilot program shall terminate not later than
December 31, 2020.