[Politech] U.S. Defense Department's RFID tag policy

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Wed Oct 29 2003 - 21:50:56 PST

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    From: "Rop Gonggrijp" <rop@private>
    To: <declan@private>
    Subject: RE: [TBP] DTIC: DoD Announces Radio Frequency Identification Policy
    Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 12:09:52 +0100
    Message-ID: <002701c39d44$03678a00$c800000a@sony>
    I wonder if they turn these RFIDs off when the goods reach the combat
    area. Or is it a matter of time before we'll see Anti-Personnel Mines
    that (after being stepped on) first check for a DoD inventory RFID on
    the shoe before detonating ?
     > DTIC: DoD Announces Radio Frequency Identification Policy
     > http://www.dod.mil/releases/2003/nr20031023-0568.html
     > No. 775-03
     > Oct 23, 2003
     > (703)697-5131(media)
     > (703)428-0711(public/industry)
     > DoD Announces Radio Frequency Identification Policy
     > The Department of Defense announced today the establishment of a Radio
     > Frequency Identification Policy (RFID).  RFID technology greatly
     > the management of inventory by providing hands-off processing.  The
     > equipment quickly accounts for and identifies massive inventories,
     > enhancing the processing of materiel transactions to allow DoD to
     > resources and streamline business processes.
     > Implementation of RFID minimizes time spent through the normal means
     > inventory processing.   This technology allows the improvement of data
     > quality, items management, asset visibility, and maintenance of
     > Further, RFID will enable DoD to improve business functions and
     > all aspects of the DoD supply chain.
     > The new policy will require suppliers to put passive RFID tags on the
     > lowest possible piece part/case/pallet packaging by January 2005.
     > Acknowledging the impact on DoD suppliers, the department plans to
    host an
     > RFID Summit for Industry in February 2004.  The RFID policy and
     > implementation strategy will be finalized by June 2004.
     > RFID policy and the corresponding RFID tagging/labeling of DoD
     > are applicable to all items except bulk commodities such as sand,
     > or liquids.
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