The Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) was formally established in 2003 to serve as the single interagency organization to receive, fully analyze, and exploit all terrorist improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, of interest to the United States.
The mission of TEDAC is to directly contribute to the eradication of the IED threat. TEDAC informs its partners, who disrupt those individuals and networks responsible for the design, development, purchase, assembly, and deployment of IEDs by providing:
- Scientific and technical exploitation of IEDs through physical examination utilizing established and innovative forensic techniques;
- Actionable intelligence related to device attributes and terrorist tactics, techniques, and procedures made available to intelligence and law enforcement partners;
- Timely response according to partners’ priority requests for intelligence, device exploitation, data, and analysis;
- Forecasts of IED-related threats worldwide through research and development and the production and dissemination of finished intelligence products by leveraging deliberate scientific and technical analysis of IEDs; and a
- Centralized repository for IED-related material collected through liaison and strategic partnering.
The TEDAC's Explosives Unit (EU), which examines evidence associated with bombing matters, conducts forensic examinations of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), incendiary devices, and their respective remains, while providing expert witness testimony in court regarding the results of these examinations. The EU also provides direct field support in bombing matters, bombing crime scene investigations, and searches of bomb factories and safe houses in which bombs or bomb components may be encountered.
Senior scientist, supervisory special agents (forensic examiners), physical scientists (forensic examiners), chemists, physical scientists, and management and program analysts.
- Manage critical program(s) and/or long-term projects relating to the forensic analysis of bombing matters;
- Maintain the Explosives Reference File (ERF);
- Conduct training in bombing crime scene investigations and terrorist bombing matters;
- Perform chemical analyses to determine the type of explosives used in an improvised explosive or incendiary device; and
- Assist investigators in determining if debris from a fire of suspicious origin has an accelerant present.