CRITICAL DEADLINES
Abstract Submission Aug 7
Abstract Notification Aug 31
Final Presentation Submitted Nov 9
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Counterfeit Materiel

Counterfeit Materiel pose a significant threat to the global supply chain and the U.S. Department of Defense. Counterfeits contribute to equipment failures and malfunctions that cause mission failures, health and safety concerns, and reliability issues, and could jeopardize national security due to malicious code, backdoor entries, and other unintended performance characteristics. The counterfeit issue is magnified as material becomes obsolete and for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products and when oversight becomes clouded or is nonexistent in the supply chain due to the lack of traceability and limited or insufficient information. Support for a Defense program is challenging due to shorter lifecycles of items used in a platform and ongoing obsolescence of materiel needed for continued reliable operation. Materiel from brokers and independent distributors can provide the needed supply for continued operation when parts are obsolete, but introduces significant counterfeit risk. This conference will provide a forum for individuals to provide standardization policies, procedures, guidance, and tools that help to mitigate the occurrences of counterfeit materiel with a focus on solutions to address obsolescence issues.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

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