Category Archives: Trusted Suppliers

U.S. Panel Warns China Tech Prowess Threatens U.S. Security – WSJ

WASHINGTON — A commission of security and economic experts convened by Congress warned that China’s technology-manufacturing strength threatens U.S. national security and advised U.S. government agencies to be mindful of Chinese attempts to compromise government systems. …

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Senate Panel Seeks FBI Briefing on Super Micro Hacking Report – Bloomberg

A U.S. Senate committee asked the FBI and Department of Homeland Security for a classified briefing on a report saying China’s intelligence services used subcontractors to plant malicious chips in Super Micro Computer Inc. server motherboards.

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Trump to meet heads of Boeing, Lockheed, Northrop at Arizona air base – Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump [met] the chief executives of the biggest U.S. defense companies at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona on Friday to discuss how they can source more parts and materials domestically …

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Trump Wants Chinese Parts Out of American Weapons – DefenseOne

The White House will call for targeted investments in domestic manufacturing in an industrial-base report …

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Report available here.

NDIA Electronics Division Meeting – 28 Aug 2018

NDIA Electronics Division Meeting
8:00 am – 4:15 pm
Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center
2121 Crystal Drive, Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22202

This event will bring together a diverse group of experts to discuss what is driving the U.S. approach to semiconductor industry leadership, the role that electronics capability and semiconductor leadership play in national security and economic vitality, how defense industrial base companies are responding, what workforce needs exist for electronics and how the USG, industry, including large and small companies, defense and commercial companies, can address these requirements through the following panel discussions:

  • U. S. Semiconductor Strategy Overview
  • DoD Perspective: Sustaining Strategic Technological Advantage in a Great Power Competition
  • Defense Industrial Base and Government Interactions: USG Perspective
  • Defense Industrial Base and Government Interactions: Industry Perspective
  • Skilled Workforce Needs for the Electronics Industry
  • Defense Industrial Base Challenges: Small Business Perspective
  • DoD Trusted Supply of Rad Hard FPGAs

PLUS Networking, Breakfast, Lunch and Idea Exchange with Policy and Industry Experts

Please note that this meeting is U.S. Citizen only and not open to the press. All attendees must have a government issued photo ID to enter the Lockheed Global Vision Center.

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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.