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Aerospace and Defense

Helping companies do business with the Department of Defense

GS1 Standards help the aerospace and defense community speak a “common language,” address inefficient business processes, and improve supply chain management in order to reduce costs and improve accuracy and security. GS1 US partners include the US Department of Defense Undersecretary of Defense’s Office, the Defense Logistics Agencies, NATO, the Air Transport Association and the International Air Transport Association.

The Department of Defense (DoD) strongly encourages any companies wishing to do business with the agency to adopt the following GS1 Standards into their business practices, as appropriate.

Unique Identification (UID) Initiative

The following GS1 identification numbers are recognized by the Department of Defense under the DoD Unique Identification Guideline: 

Department of Defense RFID Program

At its basic level, radio frequency identification (RFID) is a carrier of data and is based on GS1 Standards, just like the barcode. Unlike the barcode, however, an RFID tag can carry a much more granular and dynamic level of data. Data carried on an RFID tag can be added to or modified as the tagged item moves. RFID enables companies to more efficiently collaborate with trading partners, reduce errors, and improve inventory management and security.

As a complement to the UID Program, the Department of Defense requires contractors supplying materiel to DoD to use passive RFID tags (see acquisition regulation DFARS 252), based on Electronic Product Code (EPC)-based RFID technology.

Learn more

The following GS1 US programs, educational materials and events help companies in the aerospace and defense industry learn more and implement GS1 Standards: