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The Biometric Enabling Capability (BEC) program provides the authoritative biometrics enterprise system known as Department of Defense (DOD) Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS). This central, multimodal biometrics data repository is the enterprise-level authoritative data source for all DOD biometrics. DOD ABIS can transmit, store, manage, share, retrieve and display biometric data in support of identity superiority operations. DOD ABIS includes multimodal (fingerprint, palm, iris and face) storage and matching, watch-list capability and sharing with interagency repositories. It is based on adaptations of Commercial Off-The-Shelf products, using open architecture to minimize development and speed deployment.

DOD ABIS interfaces with numerous DOD and interagency biometrics systems, including the FBI Next Generation Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT), to store and match biometric data on non-U.S. persons of interest to DOD.


BEC is a mission-enabler for force protection, intelligence, physical and logical access control, identity management/credentialing, detention and interception operations. The program supports overseas contingency operations, including counterintelligence; Iraqi and Afghan security force screening; detainee operations; cache and post-improvised explosive device incident exploitation; intelligence operations; presence operations; local population control; seizure operations; and base access control.


  • Multimodal storage and matching, including fingerprint, palm, iris and face
  • Watch-list capability
  • Improved integration with interagency repositories, including the FBI
  • Next Generation IAFIS and the DHS IDENT systems


1QFY16: Approval of Transition of Project Manager DOD Biometrics to PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors
2QFY16: Approval of Full Deployment Decision
3QFY17: Awarded contract for Sustainment (DOD ABIS 1.2) and Service Life Extension (DOD ABIS 1.3) Program


2QFY20: Deployment of DOD ABIS v1.3


  • Leidos (Fairmont, WV)