IED Defeat Tools Forensic Study
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Focus Area:

Forensic Exploitation

Project Cost:


Project Duration:

15 months


Battelle Memorial Institute


Hard copies, electronic copy of the report, and a pocket-sized bomb scene chart

End User:

Department of Defense, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Institute of Justice, and state and local police departments


The first and primary concern of bomb technicians when encountering an improvised explosive device is to perform render safe procedures. However, these actions affect the forensic evidence that is present on the IEDs. For a long time, the effects of these procedures on IEDs were not fully known. Battelle Memorial Institute conducted a statistically well-designed study to determine what exploitable evidence remains after the use of render safe tools on an explosive device. The research produced a report that allows bomb technicians to make informed decisions about what procedures and tools may be best to reduce the negative effects on evidence. Additionally, the final report provides what information and materials are required when submitting evidence to a forensic laboratory for examinations.

Operational Impact:

The effects of render safe procedures on forensic evidence on IEDs are known for the first time. In some cases, alternatives are known for some scenarios to maximize the collection of forensic evidence.


Disseminated to Department of Defense, federal agencies, and state and local agencies