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The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is rapidly expanding its use of radio frequency identification to better manage its supply chain. A growing number of suppliers are being asked to tag goods before shipping them to the agency. This track will focus on how the DOD and its suppliers are benefiting from using the technology. The presenters will also explore the ways in which suppliers can benefit from utilizing RFID internally to lower costs, improve security and expedite payment from the military.



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April 13, 2011

1:30 PM—Track Session
Marine Corps Increases Asset Visibility With Passive UHF RFID
The U.S. Marine Corps’ Blount Island Command is responsible for maintaining equipment and supplies aboard maritime prepositioning ships (MPS), which are strategically positioned throughout the world for rapid delivery whenever required. The command is using RFID to expedite the loading and unloading of equipment and supplies, including tanks, howitzers, ammunition, food, hospital equipment and spare parts. Learn how using RFID has reduced labor hours and increased visibility into the locations of supplies globally.
Speaker:
Lyle Layher, MPS Plans Management Branch, Blount Island Command, U.S. Marine Corps
Takeaways:
• The benefits of passive UHF RFID over active RFID in improving asset visibility
• Best practices for RFID system planning and deployment
• The ROI realized by USMC's Blount Island Command as a result of the passive RFID project
2:20 PM—Track Session
DLA Uses RFID-enabled Distribution to Support the U.S. War Efforts
By leveraging the relationships of its suppliers and customers, using new and exciting technologies, and integrating RFID into more of its logistics footprint and processes, the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is providing improved visibility beyond just receiving goods into inventory. In this session, learn how this capability will deliver improved availability, trust, responsiveness, speed and efficiency within the defense supply chain to support the war effort.
Speaker:
Mark Lieberman, AIT Program Manager, U.S. Defense Logistics Agency
Takeaways:
• How existing implementations have demonstrated the value of automatic identification technology in the defense supply chain
• How the DLA's next phase of implementation will include expanding previous initiatives, as well as enabling new capabilities
3:10 PM—Track Session
U.S. Department of Defense Automatic Identification Technology Update
This presentation will discuss topics related to the U.S. Department of Defense's use of automatic identification technology (AIT) and radio frequency identification. Such uses include the DOD AIT Concept of Operations (CONOPS), the DOD AIT Implementation Plan, challenges and improvements regarding AIT and RFID technologies (both active and passive), and USTRANSCOM's current and future uses of satellite technology.
Speaker:
David Blackford, Logistics Enabling Support Division, U.S. Transportation Command

April 14, 2011

12:00 PM—Track Session
Lackland Air Force Base Uses RFID to Improve Inventory Management
The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support has installed an RFID system to ensure U.S. Air Force recruits at Lackland Air Force Base acquire the proper clothing and footwear for their training and active duty. Hear how the agency uses RFID to track goods from more than 400 vendors and subcontractors through commercial third-party-logistics companies or DLA warehouses to the recruiting center. Learn how the system increases visibility and inventory accuracy.
Speaker:
Angela Richwine, Business Process Analyst, Clothing & Textiles Supply Chain, U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support
2:00 PM—Track Session
Securing Travel Documents With RFID
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is a joint U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plan to implement the statutory mandates of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA). This presentation will cover the technical implementation of the WHTI, and explain why the open ISO 18000-6C RFID standard was selected as the technology choice for WHTI travel documents.
Speaker:
Paul Hunter, Deputy Director of Land Border Integration, Office of Information Technology, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
2:50 PM—Track Session
Reducing the Risk of Terrorism With RFID
Alco Water Service, a utility based in Salinas, Calif., has implemented an RFID-based system for both security and asset-management applications. The company, which maintains a number of unmanned pump stations throughout the town, is employing the system to gain better visibility into the use of its stations, both for operational efficiency and in compliance with the Bioterrorism Act (U.S. federal legislation passed in 2002). In addition, Alco has attached RFID tags to vital assets, so that its personnel can more easily locate those items quickly in the event of an emergency, which should also lower the water system's vulnerability. Hear how the firm is utilizing active tags to control access to its pump stations, enabling it to locate equipment quickly in the event of an emergency.
Speaker:
Adnen Chaabane, Operations Engineer, Alco Water
Takeaways:
• The use of RFID to maintain a detailed and accurate history of employee activity at each well
• How the system is being utilized during power outages to switch to a battery-based, uninterruptible power supply


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