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The Defense Department is moving its secure employee identification card, known as the Common Access Card, into its business areas.

The CAC has been on the leading edge throughout government over the past eight years. DoD was first to mandate employees use the card to log onto their computers and the military’s network. DoD also uses the CAC for physical access at some bases and in some rooms at the Pentagon.

DoD now wants to expand the card’s impact into financial transaction areas such as city transit systems and to pay for goods and services on bases outside the United States, similar to a debit or credit card.

“Our cards have more memory than another card in government” says Bob Gilson, chief of the program office branch in the Personal Identity Protection Solutions Division in the Defense Manpower Data Center. “We can put applications on with real value because of the added memory.”

DoD cards now have 128k and will increase to 144k in September, which will be double the amount of memory when services started issuing cards in 2000, Gilson says.

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