Counterfeit parts are a
growing problem throughout the electronics world. But the expansion of
counterfeiting in the military and aerospace sectors is particularly
worrisome, given the implications on safety and defense. Many of the
parts that contractors and government agencies buy are for electronic
systems on aging planes, tanks and ships.
represent a serious and growing risk to the electronics supply chain in
general and to the aerospace and defense industry in particular,” said
Rory King, director, supply chain product marketing at IHS.
to King, the continuing record pace of counterfeit report incidents is
promoting the DoD to shift to tighter policies and procedures aimed at
counterfeit detection and avoidance. The good news stemming from the
attention the problem has been given recently is that an increasing
number of supply chain participant companies are joining credible
anti-counterfeiting organizations, King said.
Global reports of counterfeit incidents reports by month (click on image to enlarge).
According to IHS, a
typical bill of materials or parts list for a military application
system can have anywhere from a few hundred to more than tens of
thousands of purchased parts, of which between 0.5 to 5 percent
typically match reported incidents of counterfeit parts. Different risks
also exist such as part obsolescence or sole source supply issues, IHS
U.S. President Obama signed the 2012 U.S. National Defense
Authorization Act, which added regulations for counterfeit part
detection and avoidance. The expected updates Wednesday to a supplement
of that legislation will implement portions that must add definitions
specific to counterfeit parts, define contractors' responsibilities, and
clarify the government's role, IHS said.