DOD issues smart cards

DOD issues smart cards

The Defense Department has begun rolling out smart cards that will replace the military services' current identification cards.

DOD has begun issuing the cards at bases in Quantico and Tidewater, Va., and in Germany and South Korea, department spokesman Maj. Tim Blair said. Officials expect to finish distributing the cards'which will go to 4 million people, including active-duty personnel, civilian employees and some reservists and contractors'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 Navy-Marine Corps Intranet services. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is testing the GSA program's interoperability specifications.

DOD personnel will use the cards for access to secure facilities and computer networks, and as authentication tokens for the department's public-key infrastructure. Officials also are considering other uses, such as making purchases at military mess halls or carrying information about medical history, student status or training performance.

'Kevin McCaney, Tony Lee Orr, William Jackson and Susan M. Menke

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