Biometric programs currently being implemented by DoD are developing and
maturing at a rapid rate. From the advent of new technologies to the
greater penetration we are having across the services, the expanding use of
biometrics is resulting in successes and efficiencies not envisioned just a few
short years ago. As a result, the warfighters in Iraq and Afghanistan are
getting more and faster biometric matches, meaning more questionable suspects
are being detained every day.
With biometrics making a difference both at home and abroad, it is important to
continue to promote biometrics among key audiences. To help do that, we
recently opened the Biometrics Task Force Demonstration Center at our office in
Crystal City, Va. The area offers an educational overview of biometrics
as well as individual kiosks showing equipment currently in use. The
center provides a hands-on opportunity for individuals to learn about DoD
biometrics and is a perfect way to showcase the value of biometrics to our many
guests and visitors.
In this issue, we are also proud to report the launching of the Next Generation
Automated Biometric Identification System (NG-ABIS). The advancements in
the ABIS software mean decreased wait times for those in the field submitting
data as well as improved technical capabilities to facilitate matching, record
storage and data retrieval.
Finally, we are always heartened to hear stories from the field about the
successes biometrics bring to the warfighters in their tireless effort to fight
the Global War on Terrorism. We're fortunate to have two first-hand accounts
from the field that colorfully describe biometrics in action. We know you
will find them enlightening. We also recently received a letter from Lt.
Col John Manson, USMC, who served as director of the Joint Prosecution and