Sens. Tom Carper (D Del) and Sherrod Brown (D Ohio) wrote “Federal agencies, including those within the DOD, do not have effective policies or specific processes in place for detecting, tracking and preventing the use of counterfeit parts,” (see full article) I am not sure how much homework the Senators have done. The DOD adopted SAE’s procedural document AS5553 titled Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition in October 0f 2009 (see information). Sure, more can can be done, but to say that there are no “effective or specific processes” is not a valid evaluation.
Robb Hammond is the President of AERI and the chair of the Aerospace Industry’s Counterfeit Electronic Components Mitigation Standard for independent distributors, AS6081, which has become one of the industry’s most respected documents, as well as being adopted by the Department of Defense. Robb is one of the foremost thought leaders in the industry on counterfeit detection and speaks regularly at conferences around the globe.