Biometric equipment used for iris scanning and fingerprint identification by Soldiers on patrol in Iraq and Afghanistan turned up last week at local landfill in Pierce County, Wash.
Exactly who discovered the sensitive equipment on Oct. 19, hasn't been disclosed but the Army’s Criminal Investigation officers will most certainly discover who, at nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is responsible for discarding the machines.
According to the military, the types of hand-held scanners that were found in the landfill are common tools used by infantry units in combat zones to either enroll locals into a database or identify those already known.
Photographs taken at the scene clearly show the serial numbers of the equipment.
In what some are calling a gross waste of military resources, much of the equipment appeared to be new and dumped at the landfill in its original packaging.
The military was quick to acknowledge that the equipment, although highly sensitive and expensive, would have little use in the civilian world.