RFID in Defense

December 15, 2009 — 11 AM to 1:45 PM EST

Premier Sponsor:
XIO Strategies
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Gold Sponsor:
Lowry AutoID

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is deploying RFID systems in a wide variety of areas to improve its supply chain and operations. The DOD is seeking suppliers to tag additional goods, and to share in the rewards. In this virtual event, hear the benefits they are achieving, and how their suppliers are meeting tagging mandates and achieving benefits, both internally and across their supply chains.

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11:05 AMDOD 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.
David Blackford, Logistics Enabling Support Division, U.S. Transportation Command
11:25 AMQ&A With Speaker
11:30 AMWhy RFID Is Mission-Critical for Improved Asset Visibility in the DOD
RFID has been successfully tested and deployed at many U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) facilities as the services strive to improve supply chain processes in support of the organization. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. In this session, XIO will share research-based findings, DOD client success stories, key challenges in RFID deployment within the industry, and the critical role that RFID plays in achieving improved asset visibility. End users will gain an understanding of the "here and now," as well as future opportunities to leverage RFID and other automatic-identification technologies (AIT) to improve the DOD's operations. Learn firsthand from XIO, a market leader in AIT and RFID innovation.
Mary Ann Wagner, President, XIO Strategies
11:55 AMQ&A With Speaker
12:00 PMWhy Passive RFID Makes Sense for DOD Asset-Tracking and Logistics Applications
There are many considerations DOD customers need to make in selecting the right RFID technology and tag for their application, including the expected lifespan of the tag, the environment, read-distance requirements, the movement of assets between facilities and geographic regions, and—last, but certainly not least—cost. This session will examine each of these considerations, with a specific focus on active versus passive technologies for defense-related asset-, container- and cargo-tracking applications.
12:25 PMQ&A With Speaker
12:30 PMThe Next Phase of AIT-enabled Distribution at the DLA
By leveraging the supply 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) will soon provide improved visibility beyond just receiving. 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.
Ed Coyle, Senior Member, SRA International, Inc.
12:50 PMQ&A With Speaker
12:55 PMU.S. Navy pRFID Challenges and Keys to Success
To achieve the most benefits from technology, Navy AIT is moving quickly to RFID-enable its operations and significantly enhance its productivity, while reducing operating and inventory costs. The Navy AIT's passive RFID program, which began in earnest with a deployment under a U.S. Department of Defense joint initiative on the island of Oahu, is expanding rapidly to include plans for more than 100 Advanced Traceability and Control (ATAC) and commercial maintenance sites within the U.S. Navy's repairables supply chain. In this presentation, the audience will hear first-hand how the Navy is addressing complex Information Assurance (IA) and NMCI requirements, as well as the development of an enterprise architecture, and how it tested the use of passive RFID on a Navy vessel.
Robert Bacon, Program Director, Navy Automatic Identification Technology
Mike Slocum, E3 Assessments and Evaluations, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, U.S. Navy
1:15 PMMobile Asset Tracking—The Case for RFID
Learn from Lowry, a leading nationwide RFID integrator, about the utilization of radio frequency identification technology to track valuable assets for the U.S. Department of Defense. Improvement in accuracy and a reduction of audit times are but a few of the proven benefits of deploying RFID for asset control for IT property; weapon systems; property, plant and equipment; and document tracking.
Jeff Tazelaar, Director of RFID Product Marketing, Lowry Computer Products
1:25 PMAsset Management in the U.S. Air Force: Using RFID in the Global Supply Chain
The Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) Program Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is responsible for promoting the use of RFID auto-ID technology in the U.S. Air Force. This presentation will provide an update on the USAF's passive RFID program, with emphasis on employing the technology to support the tracking of critical assets, as well as an integrated approach between passive RFID, bar codes and wireless handheld terminals in base supply.
Mark Reboulet, AIT Program Manager, U.S. Air Force
1:45 PMVirtual Event Concludes