Investigative and Forensic Science

Investigative and Forensic Science (IFS) Subgroup

Focus Areas

Credibility Assessment (Detection of Deception and Intent)

Develop improved interviewing and interrogation equipment, methods and techniques through behavioral/operational psychology advancements, including psycholinguistics, cognitive methods, and motivational techniques.


Improve the recognition, documentation, triage, collection, analysis and preservation of evidence and actionable information for future prosecution or targeting. Create advanced capabilities in the traditional forensic science disciplines to identify individuals and improve the recovery, identification, evaluation, and analysis of material and traces. Develop benchtop and handheld instrumentation that decreases throughput time and automates (lights out) interpretation.

Digital and Multimedia Forensics

Develop computer forensic hardware, software, decryption tools, and digital methods to investigate terrorism. Develop advanced methods to extract, decrypt, analyze, and enhance audio recordings, video images, and other forensic information from analog and digital sources.

Forensic Exploitation

Develop a lexicon, common operating procedures, and advanced techniques for material and personnel exploitation of sensitive sites, caches, targeted objectives, and incident scenes. Advance the portable and packable expeditionary and “reach back” exploitation analysis capabilities for level I, II, and III forensic analysis. Improve law enforcement-related technical surveillance methods.



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