Counterfeit Electronic Components Identification: A Case Study


September 12, 2018


Martin Goetz, Ramesh Varma


Counterfeit electronic components are finding their way into today’s defense electronics. The problem gets even more complex when procuring DMS (diminishing manufacturing source) parts. This paper will provide a brief introduction to counterfeit prevention and detection standards, particularly as they relate to the Aerospace and Defense sector. An analysis of industry information on the types and nature of counterfeit components will be discussed in order to illustrate those most likely to be counterfeited, followed a specific case at a major defense contractor....

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September 13, 2018

This was a very informative article and I commend Messrs. Goetz and Varma for being so diligent in their analysis. I would appreciate receiving an email from both parties at for I would like to discuss some other avenues of potential counterfeit electronic diversion and detection. As a provider of marking solutions (industrial ink jet and laser) for the defense electronics industry for the past 28 plus years we would like to partner with a company like Northrop Grumman and other defense electronic manufactures to collectively address out-of-the-box ways to address this serious and costly problem. We, the Team at JETEC Corporation, have some ideas that we would like to share. Ideally, if a small consortium of defense electronic hardware manufacturers could work together with knowledgeable vendors we may come up with solutions to divert or make more difficult to supply counterfeit hardware. How can we use this article as an impetus to address this problem? Our company is willing to participate. Derreck A. Ford, President, JETEC Corporation,

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Northrop Grumman Corporation

Northrop Grumman is a global aerospace and defense technology company providing innovative systems, products and solutions to government and commercial customers.

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