Electronic Waste Rules Could Help Thwart Flow of Counterfeit Parts

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Abstract:As highlighted in a report by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, a flood of counterfeit electronic parts from China threatens the reliability of sophisticated defense technologies from thermal weapon sights to advanced missile systems and from aircraft to submarines. The committee found more than 1,800 cases of counterfeit parts in defense systems. But like the proverbial tip of the iceberg, what we can see is only a small part of the problem. Counterfeiters re-process used electronic components pulled from e-waste -- the source of their feedstock. As the Armed Services Committee report found, "much of the material used to make counterfeit electronic parts is electronic waste, or e-waste, shipped from the United States and the rest of the world to China." Article by Jim Burger, Henry Livingston and Tom Sharpe for February 2015 edition of National Defense Magazine.

URL: http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/archive/2015/February/Pages/ElectronicWasteRulesCouldHelpThwartFlowofCounterfeitParts.aspx

Source: National Defense Magazine

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