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An article on Military & Aerospace Electronics caught our eye (first appearing on Fedscoop): the U.S. Department of Defence (DOD) “assumes none of the microelectronics it buys are fully secure” and this will become the standard model for military procurement.

The Fedscoop article refers to comments from Mark Lewis, DOD Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Modernization, during an AFCEA virtual symposium to connect military thinking with industry and academia. “We’ve seen a number of examples where the biggest threats that we face often are the insider threat. It’s the people inside the fence line, behind the guards, who we think we’ve cleared,” he’s reported to say. “They’re the ones that pose the biggest threats to us.”

This new mindset is the leading force behind how the DOD procures electronics. Zero trust is the department’s new answer to replace the older “trusted foundry” system where DOD had oversight over the physical development of the microelectronics.

Military & Aerospace Electronics adds, “Microelectronics are in everything from weapons systems on fighter jets to IT platforms. If a malicious or weak microchip is implanted into the military’s systems, it could open wide, cyber-attack options.”

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