|Air Force Testing New ID Card |
Air Force Testing New ID Card
Washington D.C. -- April 10, 2001 (AFPN) -- People at four active-duty Air Force installations and an Air National Guard unit are currently testing the Department of Defense's new identification card, known as the Common Access Card.
Test sites for the new ID card are Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Lackland AFB, Texas; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Ramstein Air Base, Germany; and the Air National Guards's 203rd Red Horse Squadron in Virginia Beach, Va.
The CAC replaces the standard military identification card and will eventually be issued to about 4 million active-duty military, Selected Reserve, DOD civilians, and eligible contractors.
In addition to being the new Geneva Convention ID card, Air Force officials said the CAC will also be the principal card used for physical access to buildings and controlled spaces and for logical access to unclassified computer networks and systems.
The new card is about the size of a credit card and contains an integrated circuit chip, bar codes, magnetic strip, color digital photograph, and printed information.
The CAC will enable cardholders to digitally sign e-mail, encrypt information and establish secure Web sessions to access and update unclassified information via the Internet.
These provisions are intended to enhance individual privacy in the Department as computerized systems replace paper-based systems, said Col. Thomas Zuzack, chief of the networks division, Headquarters Air Force. The CAC will play a key role in the information assurance defense-in-depth strategy for sensitive but unclassified information, said Zuzack.
Smart card technology has been in use by the Air Force for several years, primarily in pilot projects and concept demonstrations, Air Force officials said. The Air Force and DOD will leverage the capabilities of these projects as they now work to integrate the card with many of the Air Force's standard systems and processes currently in use.
DOD plans to have the CAC implemented by October 2002.