Global War on Terrorism, the relevance of biometric technology has grown greatly.
The military must achieve identity dominance, where military forces have the
distinct ability to separate friend from foe by linking people encountered on a
foreign field to their previous identities and past terrorist or criminal
activities. We can use biometric technology to achieve identity dominance and
must deploy it to meet the requirements of force protection, actionable
intelligence, and law enforcement. Establishing identity dominance through a
comprehensive Automated Biometric Identification System will enable the U.S. military to
identify friend or foe to keep America safer.
John D. Woodward, Jr. is the
Associate Director of RAND Corporation's IntelligencePolicyCenter, where he helps oversee and manage RAND's work for the Intelligence Community. From
October 2003 to July 2005, John served as Director of the U.S. Department of
Defense Biometrics Management Office. As
Director, he established the Department's Automated Biometric Identification
System to enable rapid searching and matching of fingerprint data taken from
enemy combatants and other persons of interest. In recognition of his leadership, he received the Department of the
Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Award for his work in using biometric
technologies to support U.S. efforts in counterterrorism.
From 2000 to 2003, John served as a
RAND senior policy analyst working on national
security, intelligence, and technology policy issues. Prior to joining RAND, John served as an Operations Officer for
the Central Intelligence Agency for twelve years, with assignments in East Asia and East Africa. He
has proficiency in Japanese and Thai.
John has testified about national
security and technology policy before Congress, the Commission on Online Child
Protection, and the Virginia State Crime Commission. His publications include Biometrics: Identity
Assurance in the Information Age, (McGraw-Hill, 2003), used by several
universities. His articles have appeared
in numerous publications.
A member of the Virginia State Bar,
John received his Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude
from GeorgetownUniversityLawCenter. He
was a Thouron Scholar at the London School of
Economics, University of London, where he earned an M.S. in Economics. He received his B.S. in Economics from the WhartonSchool of the University of Pennsylvania. He
served as a law clerk to The Hon. Roderick R. McKelvie,
a federal judge in the District of Delaware.