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DoD To Move Biometrics Databases To Amazon Cloud


The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is planning to revamp its biometric surveillance capabilities, starting with moving the remaining on-premise elements of its Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) to a cloud environment hosted by AWS.

ABIS is currently split between DoD-owned on-premise servers and AWS-hosted cloud backups.

DoD ABIS “enables the Army, all other DOD components, Interagency and International Partners to effectively impede adversary’s ability to conceal their identity and intentions. “

The Department is now looking for a systems integrator to both sustain ABIS operations and move the rest of the system and its operational environments to the cloud.

A request for information published by the agency seeks “to identify potential candidates” to maintain the DoD ABIS 1.3 hardware and software baseline until the OE and NPE can fully transitions to an AWS IL5 GovCloud environment.

The integrator should also be able to develop, test, and integrate routine maintenance releases that incorporate defect fixes, environmental modifications to the Cloud OE, DRS, and NPE.

Responses are due by November 19, 2020.