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Mr. Little said the Defense Department has stepped up its aggressive actions to address the problem on many fronts, including a memorandum issued in March designed to take initial steps to create an anti-counterfeiting program.

He added that the Pentagon has worked closely with the White House intellectual property coordinator to try to strengthen contractors’ reporting requirements.

When counterfeiting problems are identified, the Pentagon works closely with law enforcement agencies to investigate the issues and, where appropriate, debars companies and supports the prosecution of counterfeiters, Mr. Little said.

He said that, to date, the Pentagon is unaware of any loss of life or catastrophic mission failure that has occurred because of counterfeit parts, or any demonstrable impact.

But “that doesn’t mean we should stop addressing the issue,” he added.