FBI, DoD Open West Virginia Biometric Tech Center; Stephen Morris Comments

biometricsThe FBI and Defense Department have jointly opened a biometric technology center in Clarksburg, West Virginia, as part of efforts to strengthen the government’s capability to combat terrorists, the Exponent Telegram reported Tuesday.

Jim Davis writes the two agencies will consolidate research and develop technologies at the 360,000-square-foot center, which will accommodate 1,200 people, according to the report.

“The partnership embodied by this facility will ultimately strengthen the country’s ability to combat crime and terrorism in the country and around the world,” Stephen Morris, assistant director of FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, told attendees at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

FBI biometrics employees and the U.S. Army’s Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency personnel will occupy the facility by the end of 2015, Davis reports.

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