Marine Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Judge deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom three times where he conducted identity intelligence using them to enroll and vet Iraqi Army soldiers for the units he was assigned to mentor. Similarly, as the Intelligence Chief for Task Force Southwest in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2017, the fielding of the Identity Dominance System – Marine Corps (IDS-MC) included biometrics collection and processing systems used to vet and badge Afghan soldiers of the Afghanistan National Army and Afghanistan National Police. In 2018, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Judge was selected to become Intelligence Operations and Fusion Warrant Officer and later joined the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit as the Intelligence Fusion Officer. During the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s deployment, the unit and its subordinates were the main effort in the screening and vetting of evacuees during the Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation at the Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan. Currently, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Judge serves as the Intelligence Fusion Officers for Commander, Task Force 61/2, U.S. Navy 6th Fleet deployed to Naples, Italy. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Judge holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology from American Military University and is working towards completion of a Master’s of Science in Geospatial Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University.
Hear first hand from the agencies on the ground in Afghanistan on the role that biometrics played in the Afghan refugee evacuation.