Reports that the military has started outfitting firearms with RFID tags for tracking have raised security alarms.
The concern: What if the enemy uses the tags to track soldiers on the battlefield?
The Department of Defense, the Marines and the Navy have already rejected the RFID tagging tech for that specific reason, according to the AP. However, five Air Force bases are operating at least one RFID armory, along with a florida-based Green Beret unit that uses RFID in what officials said were a “few” armories.
When the AP questioned the Navy about its use of RFID tags to track weapons, spokesman Lt. Lewis Aldridge said the tech “didn’t meet operational requirements” and would not be rolled out further throughout the service branch, according to the report.
Tagging the guns keeps them from being stolen or sold to civilians, according to the AP, which added that the tags also make labor-intensive tasks like counting and checking weapons in and out practically instantaneous.
But the security downside to that convenience is potentially enormous.
RFID Security Risks