Concern with Applied DNA Sciences
Q. Will the agency contract directly with Applied DNA Sciences to provide this service?
A. DLA is not contracting with Applied DNA Sciences or any other company to provide the marking material. Applied DNA Sciences may enter into contracts with companies that want to supply DNA marked microcircuits to DLA. DLA will initially contract with Applied DNA Sciences for certain services, such as forensic analysis testing of microcircuits to confirm whether they are properly marked with thecorrect DNA marking material.
Q. Why has Applied DNA Sciences not provided more information?
A. Applied DNA Sciences continues to work diligently to address inquiries it receives. The company is somewhat constrained by the DNA Marking program start-up elements under the purview of the DLA. DLA is working to inform Applied DNA Sciences of additional programmatic bases needed for their ability to completely respond.
Q. Is Applied DNA Sciences a viable, credible and stable company?
A. Applied DNA Sciences is one of a number of industry partners DLA has in combating counterfeiting. Applied DNA Sciences has demonstrated its viability, credibility, and stability to DLA’s satisfaction. As with any commodity, DLA has in-place contingency plans in the event a primary supplier is not able to support DLA’s requirements.
Q. How much of a difference do you think this will make in the fight against counterfeit electronics?
A. DLA’s top priority is warfighter support. As a DoD agency, we are firmly committed to a robust counterfeit prevention strategy that protects our warfighters and the vital missions they perform. By requiring DNA marking of authentic products we mitigate counterfeits from entering our supply system. The new marking requirement is just one tool however in a comprehensive DLA program to protect DLA Supply Chain from counterfeits. Other tools include: product testing, buying from qualified and reputable sources, and software systems that detect anomalies in the buying process.
The DLA strategy includes the continuous application of new or updated tools to detect and prevent counterfeit items as the tactics of the counterfeiters continuously evolve. DLA mandated authentication marking of the microcircuits using DNA for now, based on a successful R&D project. We are open to other solutions and tools as we learn about them. DLA’s efforts to socialize the concept of authentication marking and encourage broader acceptance is a positive influence on the DOD supply chain participants’ risk management practices and solutions development.
DNA marking is not the single cure for the counterfeit problem. The initial DNA marking R&D project successfully marked approximately 14,000 parts at a domestic original component manufacturer (OCM). The second project marked more than 350,000 at a major offshore fabrication facility. DLA alsoengaged one of the world’s largest non-profit research and development organizations to attempt to defeat the technology. To date, those chemical and mechanical defeat efforts have not been successful. DLA has also forensically authenticated 100% of DNA collection swabs submitted during a trial implementation. These results and others like it have provided DLA a basis for moving forward with implementation.
Sole source; competition
Q. Why is Applied DNA Sciences the only source for the DNA markings?
A. DLA mandated authentication marking of the microcircuits using an Applied DNA Sciences product for now based on a successful, extensive DLA Research and Development project using and testing the product and technology. Concurrently, DLA requested input concerning possible alternative sources of both DNA marking and alternative marking technologies through a Request of Information.
Q. Who are Applied DNA Sciences’ authorized licensees that can supply the marking product?
A. Information about any Applied DNA Sciences’ authorized licensee program should be obtained by contacting Applied DNA Sciences directly.
Q. Why was Applied DNA Sciences named in the announcement? Is it unusual for DLA to single out a specific company?
A. DLA selected Applied DNA Science marking technology (i.e. SigNature® DNA) to help mitigate counterfeits for microcircuits under the (FSC) 5962, after nearly two years of extensive research and development (R&D) on the Applied DNA Sciences’ solution. Applied DNA Science is a solution that supports DLA’s immediate need to protect the warfighter from counterfeits. DLA anticipates that other marking and identification technologies will be identified through its Request for Information.
Q. Does DLA buy similar technology from other companies to curb the supply of counterfeit parts in the supply chain? If so, which?
A. DLA is not buying Applied DNA Science’s technology. But DLA is buying some Applied DNA Science’s services and equipment for DLA use. DLA is open to other solutions and tools as we learn about them, but at this time DLA is not currently buying similar technology. We also appreciate industry support for such anti-counterfeiting initiatives, including those associated with interdiction and law enforcement.
DLA agrees with those in industry who believe much needs doing in this arena. The sooner we prevent and aggressively deter counterfeits the more difficult we make it for counterfeiters and better safeguard the warfighter. DLA continues its collaboration with our industry partners, including representative groups such as the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), in identifying and employing the best weapons in this struggle against counterfeit electronics.
NOTE: SIA in 2012 was one of the most outspoken against using DNA markings and wrote an open letter to the DLA criticizing the DLA for mandating the use of APDN markings.
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Source: thehillDotCom - March 1st 9:33 AM
The World Health Organization estimates that upwards of 30 percent of the drug supply in some developing nations is counterfeit.
Applied DNA Sciences's insight:
Pharmaceuticals in the US are highly regulated. So here, and in other "Tier 1" countries, we can swallow a pill in safety. Right?
Not so fast, says Scott LaGanga, Executive Director of Partnership for Safe Medicines. There is, for better or for worse, this thing called the Internet, and 97% of online pharmacies do not meet the most basic safety standards.
According to the Government Accountability Office, a great many of the "Canadian" drug outlets on the web distribute counterfeit pharmaceuticals, or adulterated medicines. Through the internet, the world is now exposed to drugs which could range from ineffective, to those containing dangerous toxins.
The US government appears to be taking the threat much more seriously in recent months. Last year it passed the Drug Quality and Security Act, requiring track and trace for drugs sold in this country. (Applied DNA Sciences' product provides powerful, cloud-based track and trace). And as we reported, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has also taken up the issue. Stay tuned.
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The threat of more clone attacks has grown so serious that the Mexican military has changed the design of its uniforms, trading camouflage for more counterfeit-proof patterns, according to Enrique Torres, a spokesman for military and police operations in the northern state of Chihuahua (Washington Post 8-30-2010).
Iraq has recently targeted tailors who make and sell counterfeit police and military uniforms, after attackers disguised as security forces carried out suicide bombings in Baghdad.
Recently in the UK, a bogus policeman in fake uniform crashed a meeting of top cops attended by Britain’s Home Secretary.
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