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Monday, February 4, 2008

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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  ...Survey: 77 percent of people are ready to begin using fingerprint sensors as part of their daily activities...

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Updated the Fingerprint Interest Group web page with FIG # 31

Inserted KEPT (Keeping Examiners Prepared for Testimony) #5 - Proficiency Testing - What company handles proficiency testing for the examiners in your office?  Discuss this topic on - a discussion has been created for KEPT.

Last week

we looked at portions of the ANSI/NIST Committee to Define an Extended Fingerprint Feature Set, or CDEFFS document.

This week

we look at the Jan/Feb/Mar 2008 edition of the Biometric Scan, the newsletter of the DoD Biometrics Task Force.
The Biometric Scan
Jan/Feb/Mar 2008
DoD Biometrics Task Force

Director's Message

Welcome to the first edition of The Biometric Scan. As with our redesigned website (, 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 homeland.

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 the editor.

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 Certifications.

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 needed.

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 collection.

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 standards.

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 issues.

First three DVDs:

"Biometrics: New Techniques to Fight the War on Terrorism";

"Biometrics: Proper Techniques to Ensure Positive Identification and Matching";

"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 fielding:

“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)


KEPT - Keeping Examiners Prepared for Testimony - #5
by Michele Triplett, King County Sheriff's Office

Question – Proficiency Testing:

What company handles proficiency testing for the examiners in your office?


Possible Answers:

a)      ASCLD

b)      ASCLD/LAB

c)      CTS

d)     Collaborative Testing Services

e)      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 for.

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.

Disclaimer:  The intent of this is to provide thought provoking discussion.  No claims of accuracy exist. 

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