7.0 Biometrics


7.1 Department of Defense (DoD) Biometrics (DoD Biometrics)
Alexandria, VA

(703) 325-6990

Project Summary
DoD Biometrics designs, engineers, acquires, deploys, and sustains Enterprise biometric solutions in multiple operating environments enabling identity dominance on the battlefield and across DoD.

DoD Biometric systems capture, transmit, store, share, retrieve, and display biometric data for timely identification or identity verification. These systems are mission enablers for force protection, intelligence, physical and logical access control, identity management/credentialing, and interception operations.

With a PM forward organization in Iraq and Afghanistan, the DoD Biometrics office provides biometrics support to the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCOs), including counter intelligence, Iraqi and Afghani security force screening, detainee operations, cache and post- IED incident exploitation, intelligence operations, presence operations, local population control, seizure operations, and base access control.

DoD Biometrics works to protect the nation through identity dominance by enabling responsive, accurate, and secure biometrics any place, any time. DoD Biometrics has transformed the current environment, which was based on legacy stovepipe pilot programs, Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations (ACTD), and Rapid Equipping Force (REF) projects. Biometrics is moving towards an Enterprise system-of-systems staged architecture composed of strategic, operational, and tactical components.

Organizations within PM DoD Biometrics include:

  • Biometrics Enabling Capability (BEC)
  • Tactical Biometric Systems (TBS)

7.2 Biometrics Enabling Capability (BEC)
BEC consists of the Next Generation-Automated Identification System (NG-ABIS) – the central, authoritative, multi-modal biometric data repository. It is the enterprise-level authoritative data source for DoD biometrics. NG-ABIS expands capabilities with multi-modal (fingerprint, palm, iris, face) storage and matching, watch list capability, and improved integration with interagency repositories. It is based on adaptations of COTS products, using open architecture to minimize development and speed deployment. The system takes advantage of low-risk, cost-effective blade hardware to optimize system availability and scalability, and ensure continuity of operations.

NG-ABIS interfaces with numerous DoD and interagency biometrics systems, including the FBI Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), storing and matching biometric data on persons of interest to DoD.

Products and Services
Next Generation-Automated Biometric Identification System (NG-ABIS)

7.3 Tactical Biometric Systems (TBS)
TBS leverages current biometric collection systems and new biometric capabilities and technologies. TBS promotes sharing among existing systems to ensure that biometric capabilities are available to and interoperable with existing and planned analytical systems requiring biometric inputs.

Products and Services

  • Biometric Automated Toolset – Army (BAT-A)
  • Biometric Identification System for Access (BISA)
  • Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment (HIIDE)