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During his famous Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln said that America is a nation “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” He proceeded to question whether or not such a nation “can long endure.” The testing ground for such a nation, as he observed, was not in the halls of academia or before the high courts. Rather, Americans prove defend their nation’s existence on the field of battle.

Since the conception of America, the United States military has stood as a line of defense between the American people and those who would see this great land conquered. During World War 2, it was the American military that crumbled the fascist war machines of Europe. Even today in Iraq and Afghanistan, our troops are fighting to rid the world of the disease that is radical militant Islam.

Edmund Burke once said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” The United States military is our nation’s promise to both ourselves and our neighbors that evil will never triumph.

The men and women who volunteer to stand downrange of enemy fire deserve our prayers.

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PrayFocusArmedForcesTerry Halvorsen, Chief Information Officer, Department of Defense

Terry Halvorsen holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Widener University, and a master’s degree in educational technology from the University of West Florida. He has served as an Army intelligence officer in a variety of assignments, including Operations Just Cause and Desert Storm.

Halvorsen served as the Deputy Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command, and then as Deputy Commander of Navy Cyber Forces. He was the Acting Department of Defense Chief Information Officer, following a term as the Navy’s Chief Information Officer. He assumed the duties as the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer in March 2015.

IN THE NEWS: The Defense Department began issuing Common Access Cards in 2001, and over the last 15 years the smart identity cards have become the de facto government-wide standard for network and system activity access control. The Defense Manpower Data Center says it issued 2.8 million CAC cards last year to uniformed service members, civilian employees and contractors. Over the last 15 years, the DoD has issued more than 10 million CAC cards. Now the Department’s Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen says he plans to phase out the secure identity card over the next two years.

“We will not eliminate public-key infrastructure. We will not eliminate high security. But frankly, CAD cards are not agile enough to do what we want,” Halvorsen said. “We may still use them to get into a building or something, but we will not use them on our information systems. We will use true multi-factor that actually does a couple of things for me – gets me more agile because there is an overhead for CAC cards, not just cost overhead, but a time overhead and in my business, it’s a location overhead. It’s really hard to issue a CAC card when people are dropping mortar shells on you and you need to get into your systems. It just doesn’t work well.” Halvorsen said he’d like to move to a behavior-based approach for network authentication.

“If I structure it right, I could build the behavior pattern of that person’s identity. We can, like it or not, but one of the best ways for me to check security is to see if their behavior pattern has deviated. That might not be you anymore,” he said. “So we are looking at maybe not giving an answer, but some of the things we are thinking about is some combination of behavioral, probably biometric and maybe some personal data information that is set for individuals. There are other thoughts like iris scans. All of those are doable today.”