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Tracking Noble Reslove Supply Chains With RFID?

Someone mentioned in a previous discussion from a Noble Resolve posting about the possibility of tracking the drill. Below is an entry from the Connecticut Survivalist Alliance Blog posted during the first stage of the Noble Resolve drill which occurred in Norfolk, VA during April. The folks at the site were able to track the supply lines of the convoys and such using RFID technology, which is similar to barcoding. Perhaps someone out there knows about this kind of stuff and whether it's a possibility with this situation?
The Connecticut Survivalist Alliance Blog
Tuesday, April 24, 2007



As part of our Signals Intelligence program, we have been monitoring the “simulated” terror attacks of the Noble Resolve drills (April, 23 to April 27), using a combination of communications intelligence (COMINT) and electronic intelligence (ELINT).

This morning as “Emerald Express 07” kicked off in in Virginia, we noticed a large increase in the amount of radio frequency identification tags (RFID), being attached to their supplies to ensure that they are delivered to the appropriate location.

Supply traceability has been transitioning to RFID technology from barcode technology. This has become a boom for monitoring of convoys and transports. The radio frequency field is easily monitored with the appropriate equipment.

Military RFID Tags are battery-powered and long range unlike commercal RFID tags. The Department of Defense (DoD) has spent over $1 billion dollars on the associated systems. The U.S. Navy's Advanced Traceability and Control program (ATAC ) is an example.

The Navy’s ATAC RFID initiative demonstrates how vulnerable to a technically knowledgeable advesary that they may be. Disinformation and deception are hard to accomplish when supply levels are known. The frequency used has been published (433 MHz), and thanks to the fixed readers that have been placed in ports and depots anyone can decode the supply chaine and tags given enough time.

The tag can be read, but information about the containers contents are retrievable from a database accessable by the military alone (theoretically). The system is susceptibe to off-the-shelf technology available to the private sector. Unlike commercial organizations which can entrust a shipment to one carrier end-to-end, the military must ship its supplies through a myriad of hands.