Investigative and Forensic Science

Investigative and Forensic Science (IFS) Subgroup


Identify, prioritize, and execute research and development projects of multi-agency interest that provide investigative and forensic support to terrorist-related counteraction, investigations, and analysis.

The Investigative and Forensic Science Subgroup executes wide-ranging research and development to advance investigative and forensic science. The subgroup emphasizes the areas of crime scene response, forensic intelligence, individual identification techniques, and electronic evidence analysis. IFS works with a diverse group of federal and state law enforcement agencies as well as the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community to produce advanced and new technology that improves their mission capabilities for combating terrorism. The subgroup’s work has been groundbreaking and has affected forensics throughout the law enforcement world and the military.

Focus Areas

Crime Scene Response

Crime Scene ResponseImprove the quality of recognition, documentation, collection, and preservation of evidence as well as the safety of first responders at a scene. Improve the capability of first responders and forensic examiners to process and record terrorist incident scenes for future prosecution.




Advance the capability to identify and evaluate physical evidence by the application of physical and natural sciences and technology. Improve the efficiency and speed of the analysis and evaluation of physical evidence and the reporting of results to end users. Develop new and more efficient traditional forensic capabilities.


Electronic Evidence

Electronic EvidenceDevelop computer forensic hardware, software, decryption tools, and digital methods to investigate terrorism. Identify computer systems and media used by terrorists, and acquire from them the maximum amount of evidence. Develop advanced methods to extract and enhance audio recordings and video images from surveillance sources. Improve techniques for the analysis of electronic devices to obtain the most forensic information.

Forensic Intelligence

Forensic IntelligenceDevelop advanced and new multi-disciplinary forensic and scientific techniques to perform sensitive site exploitation and process incident scenes to acquire, collate, analyze, and disseminate law enforcement and tactical actionable intelligence and information. Develop improved interrogation, interviewing, and credibility assessment methods. Improve law enforcement related technical surveillance methods.

Identity Knowledge

Identity KnowledgeDevelop new scientific technology for the specific identification of individuals who have committed or are associated with terrorist acts. Improve the capability to use physical evidence to individualize or classify subjects or persons of interest.




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