Concepts & Programs HomeProgramsFocus Area 4: Modernization & TechnologyPart 7: Force ProtectionIDS-MC


IDS-MC is a multi-modal (fingerprint, iris and face) biometric collection system that provides the USMC a reliable and effective capability to collect, match, store, and share identity information. IDS-MC will enable the Marine to collect appropriate biometric, biographical and reference information on an individual and match this locally developed information with pre-existing information available to the expeditionary force. The system will display match results with linkage to the respective individual’s biographical and reference information as well as help analyze the response, update records as appropriate, create reports and disseminate updated information in accordance with current MAGTF policy. The primary mission of IDS-MC is to provide the MAGTF with the means to identify persons encountered in the battle space. While IDS-MC is not an intelligence analysis system, it does provide identification information in support of military intelligence and law enforcement operations by providing positive identification of persons of interest. IDS-MC is an enabler in the areas of detainee management and questioning, base access, counterintelligence screening, border control, law enforcement, displaced persons’ management and aiding in humanitarian assistance missions. IDS-MC supports the tactical application of identity dominance and fully supports a forward presence, crisis response and contingency response capability.

Operational Impact

The IDS-MC provides the MAGTF with the capability to identify persons encountered within the battlespace. The IDS-MC increases battlespace awareness through improved ability to identify, analyze, and share threat and task-specific information on individuals encountered during operations. In addition, IDC-MC reduces individual-based threats by enhancing a unit’s ability to rapidly identify and detain those engaged in terrorism or criminal activities.

Program Status

IDS-MC Increment 1 IOC – Feb 17 & Fielding Objective Met – Sep 17 (at 54% AAO)

IDS-MC Increment 2 designated an AAP at Materiel Development Decision Review (MDDR) – Jul 17

IDS-MC Increment 2 (tech refresh FY 20/21) at 61% of AAO


Lead Systems Integrator Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center – Atlantic provides integration for COTS software/hardware for the IDS-MC Inc 1

Aware Inc. Boston, MA is the software developer for Inc 1

CrossMatch Palm Beach Gardens, FL is the manufacturer of the IDS-MC Inc 1 Handheld unit