Investigative Support & Forensics (ISF)
Mission: Identify, prioritize, and execute research and development projects that satisfy interagency requirements for criminal investigation, law enforcement, and forensic technology applications in terrorism related cases.
Funding targets projects that provide new capabilities to law enforcement personnel, forensic scientists, and intelligence operatives responsible for investigating and interdicting terrorist incidents.
Focus Area Product Catalogs
ISF focus areas reflect the prioritized requirements of the military and civilian law enforcement communities. Fielded projects have had a major impact on forensic investigations and intelligence operations throughout the law enforcement community.
Crime Scene Response
Crime Scene Response sponsors projects that improve the quality of recognition, documentation, collection, and preservation of evidence as well as the safety of first responders at a scene. Products focus on training first responders and forensic examiners and work to improve the capability to process and record terrorist incident scenes for future prosecution. Products
Surveillance and Information Gathering.
Surveillance and Information Gathering. sponsors projects that produce new and advanced surveillance and tracking techniques for law enforcement. Products work to develop better communication capabilities for tactical operations; improve voice identification and speaker recognition capabilities; and advance credibility assessment interviewing techniques and technologies. Products
Electronic Evidence sponsors projects that develop computer forensic hardware, software, decryption tools, and digital methods to investigate terrorism. Products center on the development of advanced methods to extract and enhance audio recordings and video images from surveillance sources; identify computer systems and media used by terrorists; improve the techniques used to analyze electronic devices for the maximum amount of forensic information. Products
Forensic Biology and Chemistry
Forensic Biology and Chemistry sponsors projects that develop analytical methods for biological evidence found at terrorist scenes. Products enhance the use of DNA or other person-specific identifiers to track, identify, or profile persons or other biological material. The use of stable isotope ratios to determine the geographic origin of organic material is also an area of interest.
Fingerprint, Impression, and Trace Evidence
Fingerprint, Impression, and Trace Evidence sponsors projects that improve latent print and related biometric techniques used in terrorism cases. Products emphasize processes involving that enhance techniques that are tedious, expensive, nonportable, or reliant upon the use of hazardous chemicals. Other areas of interest include creating better visualization and development of latent prints using lasers or more versatile and affordable reagents and the support of better comprehension of latent prints and their molecular content as well as the scientific validation of fingerprint examinations. Products