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Identification - Friend or Foe? The Strategic Uses and Future Implications of the Revolutionary New ID Technologies
Fields and Groups :
150607 - UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE
170800 - MISCELLANEOUS DETECTION AND DETECTORS
050500 - SOCIOLOGY AND LAW
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
Pruett, Richard K.
26 APR 2006
A - ARMY
Strategy Research Project
*IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMSZIDENTIFICATION SYSTEMSZ, *COUNTERINSURGENCYZCOUNTERINSURGENCYZ, TRACKINGZTRACKINGZ, SURVEILLANCEZSURVEILLANCEZ, RISK
MANAGEMENTZRISK MANAGEMENTZ, BIOMETRYZBIOMETRYZ, PUBLIC OPINIONZPUBLIC OPINIONZ
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, NATIONAL VALUES, IDENTIFICATION TECHNOLOGIES, PRIVACY, CIVIL LIBERTIES, RFID(RADIOFREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION), INFORMATION
DOMINANCE, BIOMETRICS, NATIONAL POWER
Recent developments in identification (ID) technologies are likely to have a revolutionary impact on American society and the manner by
which it wages war. The good news is that broader and more creative use of the new ID technologies could enable coalition forces to achieve dramatic
victories in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) by targeting directly and effectively a critical requirement of most insurgencies: the insurgents'
anonymity. The bad news is that these same technologies may be inherently inimical to the future of privacy and American civil liberties. They could
transform our nation and others into surveillance societies concentrating in the hands of central governments levers of control without parallel in
human history. How to reconcile American interests and values with the imperative to bend every element of national power in their defense is the
central paradox of the GWOT. Are the new ID technologies useful means to the important end of securing the United States against potentially
cataclysmic attacks or will they subvert the very interests and values at the core of all we seek to defend?
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