Defense Department Says "Yes" To RFID

The DoD is mandating RFID tags across the supply chain, beginning with all contracts signed in October.

The DoD has approved the mandating of RFID tags across the supply chain, with all contracts signed from 1 October to make the technology mandatory and for suppliers to have the technology in place by 1 January 2005 on case, pallet and item packaging.

The Defense Department will use both passive and active tags and has set out its stall for future installations, in a memo saying the tags will "provide global transit visibility" for foreign shipments.

Come January 1 next year, two distribution depots - one in California, one in Pennsylvania - are lined up to receive a variety of tagged goods, including clothes and rations. The following year will see 32 more facilities receiving an expanded range of chipped goods, including ammunition and drugs.

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