Defense will tag and track assets

Michael Wynne

All Defense Department program managers must tag new equipment with a standard and universal identification code to track the items they buy.

Michael Wynne, acting undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, announced the new policy last week.

The Unique ID program will help DOD improve asset visibility and lifecycle management, as well as produce clean audit reports and assure interoperability across systems, the policy said.

The code plan was designed to achieve 'a globally interoperable network-centric architecture for the integrated management of tangible items,' Wynne said in the directive.

The ability to track assets DOD-wide will help the department in its drive to create a business enterprise architecture, according to the policy.

To read the policy online, go to www.acq.osd.mil/uid.

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