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DNA Marking: Implementation of a Proactive Counterfeit Risk Mitigation Solution
Keywords: Anti-Counterfeit, DLA Requirement, DNA Marking
Pervasive counterfeit electronic components are a serious threat to industry and government. In recent years, the global supply chain has diversified and outsourcing of sub-systems, sub-assemblies, assemblies and components is now the norm. The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has been investigating the feasibility of marking electronic components with secure DNA markers as part of the manufacturing process. The initial viability study was successful. After that, DLA embarked on a broader supply chain program which spanned the entire microcircuit supply chain and engaged leading industry participants. Under this effort, unique botanical DNA markers bound to a quick read mark allow for rapid screening and forensic authentication. Broad ranges of industries are successfully using this novel biotechnology where components are marked with SigNature® DNA-inoculated ink during the existing manufacturing process and for post production. The DLA project for DNA marking is an innovative method of assuring product authenticity. At the time of this abstract submission, DLA requires SigNature® DNA marking of microcircuits (FSC 5962) which the Agency procures. Other agencies and industry leaders are also examining DNA marking as a proactive counter-measure to mitigate the risk of counterfeit escapes from their supply chains. Section 818 of the FY’12 National Defense Authorization Act compels government action and creates liability for contractors. Among other provisions, Section 818 requires the government and contractors to establish “policies and procedures to eliminate counterfeit electronic parts from the defense supply chain” and “mechanisms to enable traceability of parts.” I propose to present a brief overview of the technology and supporting MIL-STD test data to demonstrate DNA marking as a solution to satisfy compliance with Section 818. In addition, I will discuss DNA marking processes via in-house and third party marking and overall controls necessary for a successful implementation roll-out.
Janice Meraglia, VP, Government and Military Programs
Applied DNA Sciences
Stony Brook, NEW YORK
USA


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