Twelve biometric companies have received contracts totaling almost $500 million from the United States Army’s Biometric Task Force under the Department of Defense, according to a Nextgov article.
The companies, American Systems; Booz Allen Hamilton; CACI; Cogent Systems; Computer Sciences; Electronic Data Systems; Ideal Innovations; Lockheed Martin; Northrop Grumman; Raytheon; SAIC; and Telos, will be performing consulting and other technology-based services, but is also expected to help open up new areas for further biometric program expansion.
Some of the work that these companies are expected to perform include the collection of biometric information on known terrorists and other national enemies, however, it will be the military that decides how it will use the information gathered by the task force.
As previous contracts from the Department of Defense had gone to individual recipients rather than groups and are set to expire soon, officials from the Department of Defense are hopeful that the new contracts will help expand biometrics purchasing abilities and future developments.
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