Showing posts with label biometrics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label biometrics. Show all posts

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Biometrics Training for ANDSF . . . . Again

Twitter feed 6 Oct 2016 - @ResoluteSupport

Every year the Coalition forces (under the International Security Assistance Force - ISAF and now under Resolute Support Mission) conducts a re-vamped biometrics training program in an attempt to get the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police to register their soldiers and policemen under the MoD and MoI biometrics systems. If successful, the biometrics datebase can streamline personnel assignments, pay issues, and manning rosters. But it seems every year the MoD and MoI falls short in implementation of the biometrics registration - which affects the ability to manage personnel, reduce ghost soldiers and policemen, and reduce corruption. Ah, there's the rub. The Afghan's simply don't want to have the biometric system to work. Because that would expose the significant ghost soldier and policeman problem - which in turn (because the salaries are received by corrupt leaders) reduce the amount of money commanders receive. ISAF (now RS) has been trying to implement a biometric system since at least 2008 (see page 36 of the Progress toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan, DoD 1230 report, January 2009). So as much as we wish Essential Function 4 great success in the biometric implementation programs we should all acknowledge this that time next year a new set of advisors will be helping the Afghans to implement their biometric systems.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Paper - RoL and Biometrics

In developing countries people have a stereotypical view about judicial systems being slow, rigid, and secretive. In Afghanistan these three views are prevalent as well as a widely-held view of corruption in the Afghan judicial system. This impression exists largely because of the slow judicial process and corruption within the system due to the unavailability of modern age technologies to establish accountability of judicial personnel. Biometric identification technology can help to establish more accurate and secure identification and thus help the judicial system become more efficient, fast, responsible, and user-friendly. Read a report entitled How Biometric Identification Can Help the Judicial Management System, International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL), February 2015. This report may be useful for Rule of Law advisors in Afghanistan working in the Resolute Support Mission's Essential Function 3 RoL.

Monday, September 27, 2010

U.S. Army Plans to Register Many Afghans with Biometrics Equipment

The U.S. Army has ambitious plans to register millions of Afghans with biometrics equipment over the next year.  There are some hurdles that must be jumped and there are some problems relating to abuse of the database in the future.  Read more in "Army Reveals Afghan Biometric ID Plan; Millions Scanned, Carded by May", Danger Room, September 24, 2010.