DOD biometrics plan to be in place by 2010

SSN Staff  - 
Wednesday, October 1, 2003

WASHINGTON - According to a release from the United States Department of Defense’s Biometrics Management Office, the department will use biometrics in its classified and unclassified systems to improve both physical and cyber security.

By 2010, the DOD said it might require that all military, civilian and contractor personnel provide such biometric identifiers as fingerprints or iris scans to enter buildings or access data.

The ultimate goal, according to the BMO, is to standardize a single biometric system across the entire department. Biometrics will combine with traditional security technologies, like smart cards and firewalls, to provide deeper and multifaceted security.

In a late August memo, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz urged BMO

to develop a scalable biometrics component of the Global Information Grid, the DOD’s worldwide information infrastructure. He also called for BMO to develop standards, interoperability tools and product validations that would help the department use biometric technology.

The provisions of Wolfowitz’s memo will be incorporated into a biometrics technology directive, which will include implementation instructions for those technologies.