The military’s been dealing with counterfeit parts making their way into equipment for a couple of years now. The problem’s gotten big enough that Congress has told the Pentagon to crack down – hard – and the Pentagon is all in favor of this. Which brings us to the story: using plant DNA as a marker for parts that are approved for use, so that you can weed out the counterfeits. While I’m sure that counterfeiters will figure out a way to get around this eventually, this should hold them at bay for a couple of years.
January 19, 2012 · 1:08 pm