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DOD Redoubles Its Efforts to Lower Costs Via RFID

Paul Peters, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for supply chain integration, says his department is launching a second phase of RFID deployment, focused on reducing inventory and increasing efficiency.
By Claire Swedberg
The first step in the next phase, Peters told the audience, will involve educating the department's leadership to understand the value of RFID. To that end, he said, the DOD will focus on addressing data integration from RFID read events throughout its supply chain, deploying an RFID system at multiple sites along the chain, and gaining data and return-on-investment (ROI) analysis. The department's IT divisions will need to integrate RFID data with existing ERP information systems, to help various branches of the DOD utilize the technology to accomplish business analysis based on RFID-derived data.

In addition to sharing information across the DOD's internal supply chain, as well as with the companies that provide the agency with supplies, and integrating that data with its ERP systems, Peters said the DOD will focus on educating the technology operators as to how the RFID system works, and the benefits it can provide.

RFID technology, Peters said, allows the DOD to do more without spending more.

Addressing RFID technology vendors, Peters stated, "As you continue to develop the technology, if you understand our environment and constraints we face, my invitation to you is to bring future trends of the technology to us and help us apply it."

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