What: RFID in Defense and Security
When: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 8:30am to 5:30pm
Where: Sheraton National, Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia


RFID in Defense and Security 2011, the second annual event covering these important sectors, will bring together the leading end users, potential end users and vendors that want to learn about the benefits that radio frequency identification can provide for their operations.

A growing number of U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) suppliers are being asked to tag goods before shipping them to the agency, in order to better manage supply chains. This event will focus on how the DOD employs RFID, how it benefits from using the technology and how suppliers are affected by having to tag their merchandise. The presenters will also explore the ways in which suppliers can benefit from utilizing RFID internally to lower costs, improve security and expedite payments from the military.

The leading providers of RFID hardware, software and services for the defense and aerospace sector will be there to demonstrate their latest solutions. This is the one place to experience innovative RFID products, and find the solution that best meets your needs.

8:45 AM – Opening Remarks

Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

9:00 AM U.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.

Speaker: David Blackford, In-transit Visibility Integration Division, U.S. Transportation Command

9:45 AM Securing Travel Documents With RFID

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is a joint U.S. Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plan to implement the statutory mandates of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA). This presentation will cover the technical implementation of the WHTI, and explain why the open ISO 18000-6C RFID standard was selected as the technology choice for WHTI travel documents.

Speaker: Christopher Milowic, Land Border Integration (LBI) Branch Director, Passenger Systems Program Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

10:30 AM Networking Break

11:00 AM Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing – RFID Improves Visibility, Reduces Expenses For Aerospace and Defense Manufacturer

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.

Speaker: Jeremy Mercer, Chief Engineer and Director of Information Technology, Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing

11:45 AM Air Force Base Deploys RFID-Enabled Asset-Tracking Solution

The medical center at a U.S. Air Force base employs a large amount of IT equipment in its hospitals and pharmacies, to help deliver medical and dental services to its beneficiaries. As in many facilities, the medical center’s assets were being moved and were sometimes temporarily misplaced within the organization. This caused a need for periodic audits, which were manually intensive, time-consuming and potentially error-prone, as they involved the manual reading of serial numbers and updates in spreadsheets or existing enterprise systems. In this session, gain an understanding of how the center is using EPC Gen 2 passive RFID technology with handheld interrogators to address the system’s inefficiencies and possible inaccuracies.

12:30 PM Lunch Break

2:00 PM RFID in Defense Panel

RFID has been successfully tested and deployed at many U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) facilities as the U.S. armed services strive to improve supply chain processes in support of the organization. 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.

2:45 PM Improving the Combat Rations Supply Chain With RFID Temperature Monitoring

Shelf-stable combat rations are essential for enabling individual warfighters to perform assigned missions and survive battlefield threats. The current family of rations has been developed and designed to have sufficient shelf life under normal storage conditions (two to three years at 80 degrees Fahrenheit). Under high-temperature conditions, however, there is degradation in the quality and nutritional content of those rations, reducing their effective shelf life. Learn how highly functional, sensor-equipped RFID tags in the DOD rations supply chain can significantly improve food quality and safety. Hear how a pilot project performed by the University of South Florida Polytechnic’s College of Technology and Innovation, the University of Florida, the Georgia Institute of Technology, a systems integrator and the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center used RFID to improve military ration logistics, while simultaneously providing valuable improvement opportunities for commercial food distribution and retailing.

Speaker: Ismail Uysal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of South Florida Polytechnic

3:30 PM Networking Break

4:00 PM DLA Uses RFID-enabled Distribution to Support the U.S. War Efforts

By leveraging the relationships of its suppliers and customers, using new and exciting technologies, and integrating RFID into more of its logistics footprint and processes, the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is providing improved visibility beyond just receiving goods into inventory. In this session, learn how this capability will deliver improved availability, trust, responsiveness, speed and efficiency within the defense supply chain to support the war effort.

Speaker: Mark Lieberman, AIT Program Manager, U.S. Defense Logistics Agency

4:45 PM Tracking Medical and Surgical Supplies With RFID

Radio frequency identification can be employed within a military hospital in numerous ways. The challenge is to find the applications that best benefit an organization. In this session, obtain a comprehensive overview of how RFID is currently being utilized by the U.S. military, and how future uses of the technology may be implemented over the coming years. Learn how RFID is being used to support a military supply chain, as well as for locating patients’ medical records.

5:30 PM Closing Remarks

Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

Conference Concludes