Category Archives: Trusted Suppliers

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. …

More at National Defense Magazine

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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NDIA’s seventh Trusted Microelectronics Workshop

NDIA is pleased to offer our seventh workshop designed to identify ways in which Trusted Microelectronics can contribute to greater systems security and information assurance. In this event we plan to continue the dialogue between government and industry on the challenges for comprehensive supply chain security management and program protection at the microelectronics level. With participation from both government and industry, our workshops have provided an effective forum for direct discussions of the challenges faced by policy makers, program managers, systems developers, and supply chain managers.

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Aerospace and Defense Counterfeit Avoidance Accreditation Program Launched – Performance Review Institute

The new Counterfeit Avoidance Accreditation Program (CAAP) for the aerospace and defense industry has released its first audit criteria, AC7401, to assess compliance to the Aerospace Standard AS5553 for counterfeit mitigation for EEE (electrical, electronic, electromechanical) parts, published by SAE International. …

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FTDI abuses Windows Update, pushing driver that breaks counterfeit chips – TechRepublic

For the second time, FTDI released a driver published to Windows Update which has resulted in counterfeit chips used in finished products being left inoperable…

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New DFARS Case 2016-D013: Amendments Related to Trusted Suppliers

Synopsis: Implements section 885(b) of the NDAA for FY 2016 (Pub. L. 114-92), which amends section 818(c)(3)(D) (iii) of the NDAA for FY 2012 (Pub. L. 112-81), which makes contractor and subcontractor identification and use of additional trusted suppliers subject to approval (as well as review and audit) by appropriate DoD officials.

Status: 01/05/2016 DARS opened case, proposed DFARS rule. DAR staff processing.