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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