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common access card (CAC)

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  Standard identification/smart card issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) that has an embedded integrated chip storing public key infrastructure (PKI) certificates. Note: As per DoDI 1000.13, the common access card (CAC), a form of DoD ID card, shall serve as the Federal personal identity verification (PIV) card for DoD implementation of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12.
CNSSI 4009-2015 from DoDI 1000.13 - Adapted