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SIA Meets with the Defense Logistics Agency on DNA Marking

Published Tuesday, September 25, 2012

On Sept. 19, SIA met with officials at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to discuss their recent announcement requiring the use of DNA marking on certain military-grade chips. SIA had previously filed comments on this announcement raising a number of concerns with this new requirement, and DLA requested the meeting to discuss the SIA concerns.

SIA was joined by representatives of Analog Devices, IBM and Rochester Electronics. We had a constructive discussion and emphasized the industry’s commitment to working with DLA and other government agencies to address the problem of counterfeit semiconductors infiltrating the military supply chain. Unfortunately, however, despite strong arguments supporting industry’s concerns regarding this new marking mandate, DLA remains committed to implementing this new requirement starting in November. Although DLA acknowledged the legitimacy of several of our concerns, they presented slides that included a point-by-point refutation of the points raised by SIA. As a result of a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, DLA is under significant pressure to address counterfeit semiconductors, and they believe they need to begin implementing a solution, even if it is not perfect. 

SIA’s Anticounterfeiting Task Force (ACTF) will meet on Sept. 27 to discuss our next steps, among other topics.