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Plant DNA & Micron Patterns: DLA Gets High-Tech Vs. Counterfeiters

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“There’re a lot of chiselers out there,” Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek sighed. Congressional angst over counterfeit parts has understandably focused on ersatz electronics, many of them from much-mistrusted China, but as head of the Defense Logistics Agency, Harnitchek has found fakes in everything from air filters to rubber tubing. “There’re folks that counterfeit those, believe it or… Keep reading →

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DLA Demands Chip Makers Tag Products With Plant DNA; A War On Counterfeiters

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


This November, the Defense Logistics Agency will require companies selling microcircuits to the military to stamp their products with an unlikely seal of authenticity: plant DNA. It’s an innovative initiative in the fight against counterfeit computer chips, which has been a major concern in the Senate, but it’s only one piece of the answer. DLA… Keep reading →

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