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Family Affected by Rare Medical Disorder
ELECTRIC NEW PAPER, SINGAPORE
- Feb 3, 2008
- ...afflicted with a rare disorder known as naegeli syndrome or
dermatopathia pigmentosa reticularis...
Rare Case of Family with No Fingerprint –
CHINA POST - Feb 1, 2008
...officials have verified that a family in Taipei has had no
fingerprints for at least five generations...
Police Nab Two in Armed Robbery
BROOKLINE TAB, MA
- Jan 30, 2008 -
...using fingerprints left on a cash register, police arrested two men
believed to be responsible for recent armed robberies...
Fingerprint Sensors Garner Positive Response
JACKSONVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL, NC
- Jan 30, 2008
77 percent of people are ready to begin using fingerprint sensors as
part of their daily activities...
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KEPT - Keeping Examiners Prepared for Testimony
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Updated the Fingerprint Interest Group web page with FIG #
Inserted KEPT (Keeping Examiners Prepared for Testimony) #5 - Proficiency
What company handles proficiency testing for the examiners in your office? Discuss this topic on CLPEX.com - a discussion has
been created for KEPT.
we looked at portions of the ANSI/NIST Committee
to Define an Extended Fingerprint Feature Set, or CDEFFS document.
we look at the Jan/Feb/Mar
2008 edition of the Biometric Scan, the newsletter of the DoD Biometrics
The Biometric Scan
DoD Biometrics Task Force
Welcome to the first edition of The Biometric Scan. As with our redesigned
the Biometrics Task Force is striving to keep our communications efforts
current with the fast-paced technological environment in which we work.
Technically, this is Vol. 4, Issue 1 of the e-newsletter because we are
continuing the cohesive communication efforts of previous Department of
Defense Biometrics directors. To that end, I invite you to forward this
email to those you know who may not have already “re-subscribed.” We would
like to reach as many readers as possible. I would also like to personally
invite you to be part of the National Defense Industrial Association one-day
Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry on Feb. 28 in Springfield, Va. For
more information, go to our website.
It is our intent in this and future issues of The Biometric Scan to briefly
cover news updates from across many sectors of military, government, and
civilian biometric venues. I hope that, by representing our community as a
whole, we can advance cooperation and information sharing so as to help
biometric technology reach its full potential to provide security to our
If you feel your organization or event should be featured in our newsletter,
please contact the BTF Help Desk , which will forward your information to
Have a happy and prosperous New Year.
Dr. Myra S. Gray, SES
Director, Biometrics Task Force
Meet the Director, Biometrics Task Force,
BTF Director Dr. Gray (r) and Director of BTF’s Integration Directorate
William Vickers met visitors at the DoD Biometrics booth at the Biometrics
Consortium in Baltimore last September.
"To bring all of the Department of Defense parties interested in biometrics
together so that we can collectively and comprehensively address needs,” is
Dr. Myra Gray’s expressed goal as the new Director of the Biometrics Task
Force. “I want to get DoD Biometrics ahead of the power curve,” she said,
“so that we can fully utilize this capability.”
Dr. Gray took over as the Director, G-3/5/7 Biometrics Task Force on July 8,
2007. She is currently overseeing the development of DoD biometric policies
and enterprise solutions for physical and logical access and operational
uses crossing all functional areas. In a major restructuring of the
organization, the BTF is in the process of formalizing a Table of
Distribution and Allowances that will help guide the path ahead for the DC
and West Virginia components to work as one organization.
Her role is to act as the “belly button” for biometrics across DoD. Serving
the Office of the Secretary of Defense and directly reporting to the
Director of Defense Research and Engineering, the BTF is both the
requirements sponsor and the funding sponsor for DoD biometrics. Practically
speaking, the BTF determines what people need and the money to get it done
in the multi-functional, multi-Service environment of the DoD. “I’d like to
break down the stovepipes and get the (biometric) capability where it needs
to be,” she said.
As a community forum to determine those needs, the BTF has established the
JBOCB and JBTCB forums (for more info on these, read the follow-on story)
that meet regularly to share information and coordinate requirements.
Prior to assignment in this position, Dr. Gray served as the Director,
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology,
Future Force Integration Office and as Project Manager for Future Combat
Systems Technologies. She said her experience in acquisition and her science
and technology background have prepared her to excel in a “living,
breathing, always changing environment” such as biometrics. She received a
Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial
College of the Armed Forces, a Doctorate of Science degree in Research and
Engineering Management from the Southeastern Institute of Technology, a
Master of Arts degree in Business Management from the Central Michigan
University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Athens State
College. Dr. Gray also holds five senior-level DAWIA Acquisition
Action-Oriented Biometric Boards in Place
More than 50 people representing various government agencies and all
branches of the military joined the Biometrics Task Force for its fourth
Joint Biometrics Operational Coordination Board in Crystal City on Jan. 9.
The following day, the Joint Biometrics Technical Coordination Board met.
As the leading agency for the Department of Defense and Executive Agent for
biometrics, the BTF has enhanced its efforts to communicate and be
responsive to all government entities employing biometrics by bringing
representatives together on a regular basis. “The JBOCB provides ‘a voice’
to the biometrics community, which helps bring us together,” said Maj. Avram
Isaacson, former Technical Integrations Division Chief.
Toward the end of last summer, the board met three times in as many months.
It was important to establish financial goals and much time was dedicated to
the Execution and Spend Plan review for FY07, 08, and 09 with an overview
provided by Isaacson and Ken Gantt, Requirements Branch, Technical
Integration Division. Discussions also centered on new and emerging
requirements for the 26 organizations represented.
The recent JBOCB meeting also looked at funding and requirements with an eye
toward FY10 and beyond. As USMC Capt. Marcus Johnson outlined future funding
requirements, he explained that while,” we won’t be getting iris scans as we
storm the beach,” and so therefore biometrics are not a first Tier priority,
identity solutions are considered Tier II and the Marines are already
looking into funding the next generation equipment and support that will be
The group heard from LTC Deborah Theall from Army’s Project Manager
Biometrics shop on the Biometric Enterprise Core Capabilities and the next
generation Automated Biometric Identification System that will include
multi-modal capability, blade servers and a “FEDEX” like tracking
capability, in which reports that have been sent can be tracked through the
biometric enterprise process. As often happens in a room of multi-service
members, questions were raised about word definitions – in this case the
word “enterprise.” To help address this concern, the BTF is publishing a
biometrics glossary of terms that can be found on the website here.
After the lunch break, National Ground Intelligence Center representatives
explained the future of systems being developed to prioritize or triage
biometric requests that come to its analysts and explained the importance of
joint capability within its Biometric Intelligence Resource (BIR)/ Automated
Identity Management System (AIMS). A lively discussion on data sharing
protocol resulted from questions raised during this discussion. William
Vickers, Director of the BTF’s Integration Directorate, asked to have a data
call issued to identify the challenges and issues surrounding data sharing.
During a joint venue such as this, information can be easily disseminated
for discussion, decisions can be reached more rapidly, and, as with the case
of data sharing questions, action can be taken.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Let’s face it; we live in a graphically enhanced world. This was part of the
reason for a decision to put informational DVDs in the hands of soldiers and
commanders alike to better understand the importance of biometric
While much has been accomplished to supply the equipment and database needed
to make this tool a success, biometric collection continues to be one of the
newest and least understood tools in the warfighters’ hands. For this
reason, a biometrics awareness project was launched in 2005 by the Army G-2
and the Biometrics Task Force (then referred to as the Biometrics Management
Office and its West Virginia counterpart, the Biometrics Fusion Center).
Thus far, three DVDs have been released that help explain the importance of
collecting quality biometric data that meet internationally accepted
Admiral Giambastiani, former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
recently pinpointed identity management techniques and biometrics as the
most significant tool the U.S. currently possesses in asymmetrical warfare.
To date, the biometric awareness series has put more than 7,500 copies of
the three-DVD set in the hands of the community of interest. Several
Service-level organizations have adopted the series as a standard part of
their pre-deployment training packages. As new questions and issues emerge,
opportunities exist for creating additional DVDs to address these and other
First three DVDs:
"Biometrics: New Techniques to Fight the War on Terrorism";
"Biometrics: Proper Techniques to Ensure Positive Identification and
"Biometrics: Intelligence Analysis in Supporting DoD Biometrics."
Production on the first DVD began in June 2005 and, by April 2006,
“Biometrics: New Techniques to Fight the War on Terrorism” was released.
This DVD features sound clips from President George W. Bush and former New
York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The quality and swift impact DVD 1 had on
operational issues generated further support for creating more DVDs.
Within a year, a second DVD, “Biometrics: Proper Techniques to Ensure
Positive Identification and Matching” was released. This second DVD engages
subject matter experts from Fort Huachuca, Ariz., the DoD DNA Registry, and
the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division. This DVD features
hands-on demonstrations and guidance for collecting fingerprint, face, and
iris images, as well as voice samples and DNA materials.
Four months later, the team released a third DVD, “Biometrics: Intelligence
Analysis in Supporting DoD Biometrics.” This third DVD engages subject
matter experts from the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) for video
and narrative content. It includes an interview with LTG John Kimmons,
Deputy Chief of Staff, Army G-2, and testimonials of soldiers, including
Sgt. Maj. Robert Haemmerle with the Center for Army Lessons Learned and
(then) Cpt. Tim O’Neil with the National Ground Intelligence Center
Battlefield Forensics Mobile Training Team, who supply first-person accounts
of how biometrics provide invaluable tools to warfighters. DVD 3 describes
the value of biometric, forensic, and associated contextual data for use in
intelligence analysis. The storyline follows the identifying of a bomb maker
through a latent print and explains the importance of building and using a
comprehensive biometric database in this type of investigation.
The biometric awareness DVD series is working to standardize biometric
collection and educate users on the importance of proper biometric data
collection. The project engages biometric experts from the law enforcement,
military, commercial, and academic communities to develop the learning
objectives. Interviews with high-ranking government officials help establish
top-down support. Narration and images summarize warfighter-related
biometric success stories, and images and video content demonstrate the uses
and process of biometrics.
A copy of the biometrics awareness series is featured in the
October-December 2007 issue of Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin.
New Handheld Device Meets Maritime Challenge
Saltwater, dirt and rough handling are tough on electronics, particularly
fine-tuned electronics, which is why the Navy/Marine Corps team is
developing the System for Intelligence and Identity Management Operations (SIIMON)
to enable the use of biometrics in Navy and Marine Corps applications and
environments. As a joint biometric solution, SIIMON will be a small,
handheld device providing primarily biometric collection, enrollment, and
local watch list matching capabilities for rolled and slap fingerprints as
well as iris images. It will also collect facial photographs. Collected
biometric data will meet the standards for the Department of Defense as well
as U.S. law enforcement agencies.
Planned as an Abbreviated Acquisition Program (AAP), which delivers
capability on an accelerated schedule, CDR John Funn and a team at the Naval
Surface Warfare Center – Dahlgren Division are leading the SIIMON
development effort. The SIIMON AAP is expected to achieve a Limited
Production Decision in late summer of 2008.
SIIMON will meet or exceed military standards for a range of harsh
environments encountered by the Navy and Marine Corps, as well as
interoperability standards for smooth biometric data sharing between
disparate groups. Also, sustainability and logistical support will also be a
chief element in the system design.
Tactical Biometric Collection and Matching System device.
SIIMON will build upon the technologies demonstrated in the Tactical
Biometric Collection and Matching System (TBCMS). Bundled with sustainment
packages, eight TBCMS completed testing and were delivered to warfighters in
August 2007. Here are just a few comments provided during the recent TBCMS
“A lot lighter and fewer cables than current system…requires less training,
and embedded training is good.” - Center for Naval Security Forces
“This is a lot nicer to use than our current system. GUI workflow is
smooth.” - Afloat Training Group Atlantic
“Able to interface EBTS format between BAT and TBCMS…Took a BAT file and
added to TBCMS as watch list and matched subject to watch list.” - Marine
Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity (MCTSSA)
“We used the system during a VBSS deployment workup exercise on August 28th
and the system worked well.” - USS Whidbey Island
“This is very easy to learn.” - Naval Expeditionary Combat Command
Intelligence Exploitation Team
The Navy and Marine Corps have worked closely for more than two years to
articulate the required capabilities for the full program of record called
the Identity Dominance System (IDS). The IDS Capability Development Document
articulates the full range of capabilities to be delivered and is expected
to be approved by the Joint Staff in early 2008. By addressing key elements
within the total program required capabilities, SIIMON will advance the
integration development in support of the full IDS Program of Record.
(submitted by CAPT. John Boyd, Secretary of Navy staff, Program Manager –
Naval Identity Management)
Keeping Examiners Prepared for Testimony - #5
by Michele Triplett, King County
Question – Proficiency Testing:
What company handles proficiency testing for the
examiners in your office?
Collaborative Testing Services
The International Association of Identification
Using acronyms is always discouraged because the people
you’re trying to educate (the courts) don’t know what these acronyms stands
Answers a and b: ASCLD/LAB is one of the
organizations that offer accreditation to agencies. ASCLD/LAB does require
that accredited agencies participate in proficiency testing but they do not
provide the proficiency tests. Forensic Quality Services (FQS) is another
company that accredits forensic laboratories.
Answers c and d: CTS is one of the companies
that offer proficiency testing but it’s best to state the companies full
name instead of the acronym. Competency Assessment Services Ltd (CAS Ltd)
is another company that offers proficiency testing services.
Answer e: The IAI has a certification program
but not a proficiency testing program.
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