BATTLEFIELD FORENSICS - SENSITIVE SITE EXPLOITATION
Instructor: Erin West and Shane Gaghan Course length: 40 hours
Since 2005, the exploitation of forensic evidence on the battlefield has proven to be a force multiplier. Forensic evidence has been used to enhance intelligence, support prosecutions, and focus targeting efforts.
For example, if components of an improvised explosive device (IED) are properly collected and documented, they can be analyzed for fingerprints, and the individual who constructed that IED may be identified. Similarly, if a water bottle is properly collected and documented, it can be processed for both DNA and fingerprint evidence.
The Battlefield Forensics course will train the warfighter to efficiently and accurately identify, document and collect evidentiary materials in a battlefield environment through a series of lectures and scenario-based exercises, culminating in a real-time mock incident scene.This course will also serve as an introduction to several forensic sub-disciplines such as DNA analysis, fingerprint analysis and firearms examination; as well as current and future biometric capabilities. This course is designed to parallel deployed Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE) courses taught by Law Enforcement Professionals. Attendance at this course includes the issuance of a battlefield forensics response kit to each student. This kit has been specially designed for use by forces engaged in SSE.