DNA as Part of Identity Management for the Department of Defense
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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The Department of Defense DoD must keep track of a large and ever-growing number of people, both known and unknown, as it executes its mission. The field associated with this responsibility is called identity management. One tool for identity management is biometrics, and, increasingly, some view DNA as a strong candidate for the expansion in biometrics because of its unique and unalterable character. However, serious questions remain about whether DNA is a viable biometric option, and it presents especially challenging questions. This exploratory study is intended to illuminate significant issues and potential applications to assist DoD in making informed decisions about research in identity management. This paper assesses some of the issues presented by DNA data collection, storage, and use, and discusses the potential applications and implications.
- Administration and Management
- Genetic Engineering and Molecular Biology