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Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Defense Biometrics
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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A Defense Science Board Task Force was organized to address a number of issues relating to the use of Biometrics in the Department of Defense. The Terms of Reference Appendix A asked that specific organizational issues be addressed promptly and the Task Force provided an interim briefing that focused on these issues. While the terms of reference refer to biometrics, the Task Force is convinced that identity management is the more inclusive and the more useful construct. The Task Force holds two companion theses. First, while we can come up with an endless set of scenarios in which biometrics might be called upon to play a role, with analysis and a little abstraction without losing the essence, the endless array of scenarios can be reduced to a compact set of use cases. This compact set of use cases will help us appreciate our companion thesis, that a common back office process and associated data model can be envisioned to service all the biometric, and thus Identity Management, use cases. That said, we clearly did not have either the time or the resources to study Identity Management IM conclusively, especially in terms of the broadened set of organizational associations, use cases and Defense applications, and even social issues, attendant to that sprawling field.
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