RFID in Defense 2010
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November 30, 2010

8:45 AMOpening Remarks
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
9:00 AMOpening Keynote: DOD RFID Update—Progress Report on the World's First RFID-enabled Supply Chain

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is now five years into its effort to transform its supply chain using both active and passive RFID technologies.  In this session, hear an in-depth update regarding the rollout's progress, both within the United States and overseas.

Kathy Smith, Spec. Asst. for Cust. Support, Supply Chain Integration, U.S. Department of Defense
9:45 AMHow an RFID Operating System Won the Middleware War

Early generations of RFID were deployed with cumbersome, server-based middleware. Now, the most successful RFID deployments are using a next-generation operating system that eliminates costly middleware, improves performance and reduces the cost of RFID systems by as much as 80 percent. Patrick J. Sweeney II, the author of RFID for Dummies and one of the RFID industry's pioneers, will explain how that war was waged and ultimately won—and he'll tie it all together with help from American military strategist John Boyd.

Patrick Sweeney, Author, RFID for Dummies; President and CEO, ODIN
10:30 AMNetworking Break
11:00 AMUsing RFID to Track Inventory

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) 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, as well as to track goods from vendors, third-party-logistics providers and military warehouses though the supply chain. DLA Troop Support purchases and ships hundreds of thousands of uniforms and related items to armed services members at nine U.S. recruit training areas. The supply chain is complex; as many as 400 vendors and subcontractors in the United States provide the products, which are sent either to commercial third-party-logistics companies or to DLA warehouses, and then on to a recruiting center when they are ordered. Learn how the successful project is being expanded to track products from vendors through three third-party-logistics warehouses and one of the DLA’s 22 warehouses, prior to shipping to recruit centers.

Angela Richwine, Business Process Analyst, Clothing & Textiles Supply Chain, U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support
11:45 AMU.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.

David Blackford, Logistics Enabling Support Division, U.S. Transportation Command
12:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMRFID in Defense Panel

RFID has been successfully tested and deployed at many U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) facilities as the military strives to improve its supply chain processes. In this session, hear the benefits the DOD is achieving, and how its suppliers are meeting tagging mandates and achieving benefits, both internally and across their supply chains.

Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Richard Kaniss, Director of Strategic Partnerships , Motorola
Thomas M. Manzagol, Chief Operating Officer, RFID Global Solution
William Mapp, President, BA Systems, LLC
2:45 PMAerospace and Defense Manufacturer Streamlines Supply Chain With RFID

Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing (KMM), a contract aerospace and defense manufacturer, is using RFID to track work in process (WIP) for its cable-harness product line, creating transparency of the firm's inventory and manufacturing processes, up and down the supply chain. In this session, hear how the deployment brought about a dramatic transformation in the firm's operations, trimming costs and streamlining manufacturing while also enabling Boeing to track its orders in real time.

Jeremy Mercer, ,
• How RFID helps KMM save more than $160,000 annually on its production line due to the above improvements
• Using RFID WIP applications to provide more accurate data in order to drive lean improvements
3:30 PMNetworking Break
4:00 PMEPC RFID From the DOD Contractor and Supplier Perspective: Beyond the Mandate

Contractors and suppliers are able to achieve real benefits from open standards, such as the ISO 18000 series of RFID standards (active and passive), EPC information Services (EPCIS) and Common Business Vocabulary (CBV), in the non-monolithic supply chain. In this session, Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Department of Defense's largest supplier, will discuss how these technologies can be used to achieve new levels of efficiency.

Denton Clark, AIT Manager, Logistics and Sustainment, Lockheed Martin
4:45 PMIncreasing Asset Visibility With Passive UHF RFID

The U.S. Marine Corps' Blount Island Command, responsible for maintaining equipment and supplies aboard maritime prepositioning ships (MPS), is deploying long-range EPC Gen 2 RFID tags to expedite the loading and unloading of cargo. MPS vessels are loaded with a variety of equipment and supplies, including tanks, howitzers, trucks, ammunition, food, hospital equipment, petroleum products, supplies and spare parts. The vessels are then strategically positioned throughout the world, ready for rapid delivery ashore wherever and whenever required. In this session, learn how using passive EPC Gen 2 RFID tags has reduced labor hours and increased visibility into the locations of supplies globally.

Lyle Layher, MPS Plans Management Branch, Blount Island Command, U.S. Marine Corps
• 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
5:30 PMClosing Remarks
5:35 PMConference Concludes

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