State-of-the-art technology has long helped to protect the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) vital assets — people, information and equipment. In this article, John D. Woodward, Jr., the former Director of the DoD Biometrics Management Office (BMO) from 2003 to 2005, discusses three forms of identity protection used by DoD: smart card technology, public key infrastructure (PKI), and biometrics — the new identity management tool — and the creation of a DoD-wide oversight body, the Identity Protection and Management Senior Coordinating Group (IPMSCG), to determine how DoD should best deploy these identity management technologies. The IPMSCG will likely set the course for DoD identity management by ensuring DoD-wide coordination of identity management functional capabilities, strategies and objectives; developing outcome-based performance metrics for identity management solutions; briefing stakeholders on identity management issues; and ensuring that privacy issues are addressed in DoD’s identity management efforts. This article was originally published in the Spring 2004 edition of Intelligence & Warning America and is included as a RAND reprint because its analysis is relevant to RAND’s work for the U.S. Army.
Reprinted with permission from Intelligence & Warning America. Copyright © 2004 GDS Publishing.