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Counterfeit Materiel Risk Mitigation Standards Update and Myths/Issues in Preventing Counterfeits Entrance Into Your Supply Chain

June 28, 2016.

Robert Tipton (


Bob is the SAE G-21 chair, also SAE Avionics Process Management Committee Secretariat, G-19 (Chairs Committee),G-19C (verification), G-19T (terms and definitions), and G-24 (Pb Free Solder Committee) participant. He is a retired USAF Colonel having served 30 years. He flew two combat tours in Vietnam as an RF-4C WSO, instructed at the US Army Command and General Staff College, and served a decade as an acquisition program director. Since 2000 he has been a consultant and direct support contractor to the DoD Services and Agencies working Aging Aircraft and Systems Integrity issues including risk mitigation for Pb Free solder and counterfeit parts. Bob is currently with Wyle and supports NAVAIR's PMA 266 (Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems program office). He has a BBA in economics and finance from Memphis State University (Magna Cum Laude), an MS in management from Troy State University and numerous military leadership and executive courses including Air War College, National War College, US Army Command and General Staff College, Air Command and Staff College, and Defense Systems Management College. He is a defense department Level III acquisition program manager.

Bob is married to his wife of 41 years, Saward, and has two adult children and one new granddaughter. He is involved with dog rescue and transport, and can be seen on daily walks from before dawn to after dark in all weather conditions with his rescue Siberian, Lady, and his wife's rehomed Alaskan Klee Kai (miniature husky), JaiDee.


Counterfeiting is becoming an industry of its own. If there is a profit to be made from "knock offs", then there are counterfeit commodities competing for your business. This presentation will cover the updated status of the SAE AS6174A, Counterfeit Materiel; Assuring Acquisition of Authentic and Conforming Materiel, and its accompanying standards in work/recently released. This suite of standards is intended to provide the process framework and characteristics to counter the broad range of counterfeit commodities outside the EEE arena. In addition, the presentation will highlight some commonly held beliefs/myths pertaining to counterfeit prevention and mitigation and the attendant current and potential issues threatening supply chain integrity.

About Wyle

Wyle delivers an array of leading edge, custom solutions that drive mission success for customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, and a variety of other federal agencies. Wyle's areas of expertise include systems and sustainment engineering, program and acquisition management, life science research, space medical operations, information technology and test and evaluation of aircraft, weapon systems and networks.