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.

Crime Scene Response

Improve the quality of recognition, collection, documentation, analysis, and preservation of evidence and actionable information from incident scenes for future prosecution and targeting. Create standardized field tests, collection sets, kits, and other crime scene equipment. Develop capabilities to rapidly and visually document a scene in any environment. Increase the safety and security of law enforcement first responders at a terrorism scene.


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 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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