A Systems Approach to Biometrics in the Military Domain

Lauren Wilson, Michelle Gahan, Chris Lennard, James Robertson

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Forensic biometrics is the application of forensic science principles to physical and behavioral characteristics. Forensic biometrics is a secondary sub-system in the forensic science "system of systems," which describes forensic science as a sub-system in the larger criminal justice, law enforcement, intelligence, and military system. The purpose of this paper is to discuss biometrics in the military domain and integration into the wider forensic science system of systems. The holistic system thinking methodology was applied to the U.S. biometric system to map it to the system of systems framework. The U.S. biometric system is used as a case study to help guide other countries to develop military biometric systems that are integrated and interoperable at the whole-of-government level. The aim is to provide the system of systems framework for agencies to consider for proactive design of biometric systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1858-1863
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018


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