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U.S. military takes cloud computing to Afghanistan

Ellen Messmer | Sept. 24, 2010
This is the first time that military-run cloud computing has gone to Afghanistan, where warfighters in the field may depend on it for critical surveillance and decision-making information via secure networks.

The problem today is that individuals with bad records who show up at centers too frequently don't willingly disclose those details. And when they find out what needs to be disclosed, they run to other recruitment offices to lie about it to join the military, pointed out Charles Dossett, U.S. Army officer in Development and Fielding, USAREC.

"They forget they were arrested and thrown in the back of a police car and spent time in jail," Dossett humorously noted in his presentation. The military has to do manual background checks and wastes a lot of money in training and planning before it figures out these lies, which disqualify a recruit, he said.

So the Army is starting to collect the new recruit's 10-fingerprint sample right at the point when he or she agrees to join in order to immediately check for disqualifying criminal records. A pilot test of this new recruit fingerprint process has shown the minute the fingerprint machine comes out, "they remember things they forgot," Dossett said. A pilot project has yielded about $1 million in savings already.


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