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Biometric technology advances and growing security requirements to support U.S. efforts in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) have accelerated the need for achieving greater ability to exchange and use information, or interoperability, among components of the Department of Defense (DoD). The DoD Biometric Conformity Assessment Initiative is a strategic plan to ensure that DoD’s biometric products are interoperable. This article, co-authored by the Directors of the DoD Biometrics Management Office (BMO) and the DoD Biometrics Fusion Center (BFC), provides an overview of the DoD Biometric Conformity Assessment Initiative and the steps the DoD is taking to establish such a program. The authors introduce interoperability, discuss conformance testing, and detail steps underway to establish such a program for the implementation of interoperable biometric technologies. They conclude by defining DoD’s current, near-term, and long-term efforts. This article was originally published in the April/June 2005 edition of the Defense Standardization Program Journal and is included as a RAND reprint because its analysis is relevant to RAND’s work for the U.S. Army.

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Originally published in: Defense Standardization Program Journal, April/June 2005, pp. 21-27.

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