DOD ready to roll out smart cards
- By Colleen O'Hara
- Sep 27, 2000
The Defense Department next month will begin replacing millions of its identification
cards with smart cards.
DOD will issue about 50,000 smart cards next month, and at least 3 million
DOD employees will eventually have a card, said Michael Green, director
of DOD's public-key infrastructure program management office.
One of the main applications for the smart cards will be to serve as
the hardware token to carry digital certificates, which store digital signatures
used during electronic transactions.
DOD employees "need hardware certificates to do contracting," Green
said. "My certificate will have to be on a smart card in order to do contracts."
The first smart cards issued will contain 32K of memory; 13K will be
set aside for the digital certificates, said Green, speaking Tuesday at
the E-Gov information assurance conference in Alexandria, Va. Another 7K
will be allotted for applications each military service decides to implement,
such as secure network sign-on and mess hall privileges.
DOD awarded smart card contracts to three vendors using the General
Services Administration's governmentwide Smart Access Common Identification
contract. The three vendors are Gemplus SA, Oberthur Card Systems and Schlumberger
DOD expects to issue 3 million certificates by October 2002.