Battlefield Forensics (SSE/TSE)

TTOS is now offering a Battlefield Forensics Training and Site Exploitation Course

The BFT course we are offering is a hybrid version of the US Army BFT program we developed under contract with the US Army Intelligence Center of Excellence (USAICoE) from 2010 – 2014.  Our BFT program integrates three key systems/skill sets into a single POI.  The three (3) systems/skill sets are; visual search and tracking; forensic collation; and SSE/TSE.

The term battlefield refers to a vast area; conceptually, battlefield forensics refers to an area much greater than what has systematically been gathered through forensics to date. Forensic collection, development and analysis is, in most cases, a strong means of linking individuals to specific, items, persons, places and actions. Soldiers trained in Battlefield Forensic skills should be able to process any type of site on the battlefield to include but not limited to; a raid, Improved Explosive Device (IED), Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED), ambush, Point of Origin (POO) for Indirect Fire (IDF), attack on civilians, confirm/deny information collected, and other areas not realized.

Broadening the scope of what is possible to collect on the battlefield dramatically increases the amount of useful information for both immediate and archived use. Any encounter with the enemy, whether direct or after the fact, is an opportunity for a unit to develop the situation as well as collect specific information about the enemy and his Tactics Techniques and Procedures (TTPs), base of operations and affiliations.

Our course is designed to train Soldiers who are part of the Maneuver Elements to become Battlefield Forensics collectors. Specially trained search and collection teams, such as Weapons Intelligence Teams (WIT), can and should be utilized when possible; however, there is much more useful forensics on the battlefield than WIT and other Search and Collection teams can obtain.

The five (5) day course covers;

  • Introduction to Battlefield Forensics and Site Exploitation
  • Visual Search Techniques and Tracking
  • Latent Prints/Impressions and Interpretation
  • Ground Sign and Action Indicators
  • SSE/TSE and Scene Management
  • Site Exploitation; Open Areas, Vehicle, Structures and Personnel
  • Forensic Photography
  • Site Sketches
  • Collect Foot Print and Tire Impressions
  • Collect Material Evidence, DNA, Weapons, and Latent Prints
  • PIR/EIR Chain of Possession
  • Reporting Procedures