DOD begins rolling out smart card program

DOD begins rolling out smart card program

By Kevin McCaney

GCN Staff

OCT. 10—The Defense Department today officially unveiled its common access card, a smart card that will replace the uniformed services ID card.

DOD has already started issuing the cards at bases in Quantico and Tidewater, Va., and in South Korea and Germany, said department spokesman Maj. Tim Blair. Officials expect full distribution of the cards—which will go to about 4 million people, including active-duty personnel, civilian employees and some reserves and contractors—to be completed by September 2002.

Defense is using the General Services Administration's Smart Access Common ID program for its smart-card program and for access to the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet. The National Institute of Standards and Technology currently is testing the program's interoperability specifications.

Personnel will use the cards for access to secure facilities and DOD computer networks, and as an authentication token for DOD's public-key infrastructure. Officials also are considering other uses, including using the cards for purchases at military mess halls and for carrying medical information, student status or training performance.

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