Category Archives: Trusted Suppliers

DFARS Case 2016-D013: Amendments Related to Sources of Electronic Parts

DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 that makes contractors and subcontractors subject to approval (as well as review and audit) by appropriate DoD officials when identifying a contractor-approved supplier of electronic parts. …

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Thoughts on Improvements to DFARS 252.246-7007 and 7008

Recent discussions with Industry and US Government subject matter experts identify a few areas where new regulations could be improved. Here are what I consider to be the more important areas to address.  Continue reading

Recent DoD Adoption Notices (AS6171 and AS6496)

On 28 March 2017, the following standards were adopted by DoD (Adopting Activity: DLA Land and Maritime) …

  • SAE AS6171, “Test Method Standard; General Requirements, Suspect/Counterfeit, Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Parts”
  • SAE AS6496, “Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronics Parts: Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition – Authorized/Franchised Distribution”

Frequently Asked Questions for DFARS 252.246-7008 Sources of Electronic Parts

A colleague referred me to the following FAQ published by DoD on its Procurement Toolbox website…

Frequently Asked Questions for DFARS 252.246-7008 Sources of Electronic Parts (OCT 2016)

“We are providing this list of FAQs as a resource for industry in assisting with their questions regarding the recently published DFARS clause 252.246-7008 SOURCES OF ELECTRONIC PARTS that further implements prevention of counterfeit electronic parts guidance.”

New DFARS Case 2017-D023: Suppliers that Meet Anticounterfeiting Requirements

A new DFARS case was opened this past week. DFARS Case 2015-D02, DoD Use of Trusted Suppliers for Electronic Parts, has been “closed into DFARS case 2017-D023, to implement section 815 of the NDAA for FY 2017.” …

Implements section 818(c)(3)(C) of section 818 of the NDAA for FY 20102 (Pub. L. 112-81), as amended through section 815 of the NDAA for FY 2017 (Pub. L. 114-328). Section 818(c)(3)(C) requires the regulations to establish qualification requirements, consistent with 10 U.S.C. 2319, pursuant to which DoD may identify suppliers that have appropriate policies and procedures in place to detect and avoid counterfeit electronic parts.

NDAA 2017 to further amend S818 of NDAA2012

The House approved S.2943, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. S.2943 includes language to further amend the original counterfeit part legislation by eliminating use of the term ‘trusted supplier‘.

A copy of the conference report is available here.

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Public Comments re DFARS Case 2016-D013: Amendments Related to Trusted Suppliers

Public Comments re DFARS Case 2016-D013, Amendments Related to Trusted Suppliers, are available from

NDIA’s 7th Trusted Microelectronics Workshop with Ms. Kristen Baldwin, Dr. Bill Chappell, Dr. Robert Latiff (Maj Gen, USAF, Ret.) added Dept of Commerce Discussion on China’s Semiconductor Investment

NEW … discussion on China’s investment in semiconductor capabilities by Department of Commerce’s Mr. Brad Botwin and Mr. J. Travis Mosier on Day 1 of the workshop ….  Continue reading

Pentagon Weighs Strategy to Secure ‘Trusted’ Electronics Suppliers

“… The Pentagon has enacted stringent regulations in recent years to stave off the flow of fake electronics. … Despite these measures, the Pentagon appears to still have concerns about the safety of components and future access to a reliable supply of microelectronics for U.S. weapon systems. A major fear is the possibility of U.S. adversaries or industrial spies penetrating the supply chain. …

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NDIA’s 7th Trusted Microelectronics Workshop will feature Ms. Kristen Baldwin, Dr. Bill Chappell, and Dr. Robert Latiff (Maj Gen, USAF, Ret.)

NDIA is pleased to announce that our seventh Trusted Microelectronics Workshop has now been expanded to two days, with the second day focused on Technology Based Solutions for Trusted Microelectronics.

Ms. Kristen Baldwin, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering, will keynote Day 1 of our workshop with a presentation on OSD’s current and future security framework to ensure our defense systems have access to trusted technology components.

Dr. Bill Chappell, Director, DARPA Microelectronics Technology Office will keynote Day 2 with an introduction to the work being done at DARPA to explore technology based Trust solutions.

Presentations by DARPA MTO program managers and IARPA’s Dr. Carl McCants will follow Dr. Chappell’s talk on Day 2.

Dr. Robert Latiff (Maj Gen, USAF, Ret) will provide observations from the Air Force Science Board study, “Optimizing the Air Force Acquisition Strategy of Secure and Reliable Electronic Components”.

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