Some estimates place responsibility directly or indirectly of up to 20% of road accidents on counterfeit automotive parts. From fan belts to brakes, airbags to alternators, the impact can be annoying or sometimes even deadly. Every few weeks, entire shipments of fake parts are found at customs ports across the globe, and the catch is just the tip of the iceberg.

In January 2010, the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security published the Defense Industrial Base Assessment: Counterfeit Electronics report, which showed that in the period from 2005 to 2008 the number of reported counterfeit incidents had nearly tripled. This is a sobering reminder of the risk to our national security and the safety of our military personnel, who rely upon the performance and integrity of their highly sophisticated electronic equipment. Supply chain protection is a key component of Operational Security that Stardust provides.

According to the Department of Defense, the definition of counterfeit, as it relates to electronic parts and components, includes both outright fakes and previously used parts. These used parts are refurbished to look new and unscrupulously sold as such. When sold as new, these used components present a significant risk to circuit operations, as they are far more likely than new parts to experience reliability and performance failures when deployed.

Long-term maintenance of equipment that is expected to have a multi-decade lifespan presents a significant challenge to Operation Security, as counterfeiting efforts of hostile governments can intentionally sabotage and greatly impair the mission capability.


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