Knowing the origin of weapons that are used in conflicts around the world is invaluable for driving research, analysis and policy making. Conflict Armament Research (CAR) was founded to provide this service in 2011, staffed primarily by former UN arms inspectors. CAR field teams now work on the ground at dangerous hotspots from Syria to the Sudan, cataloging weapons and ordnance to determine which country’s weapons are fueling deadly regional conflicts—and looking for the critical points of diversion into illicit arms markets.
As large influxes of newly supplied weapons shape the dynamics of conflicts around the world, CAR teams have used Dfuze’s analytical power and specialized modifications for iTrace to make immediate visual sense of massive amounts of data, driving intense interest in the media and from international organizations who see the tool’s value.
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For the past decade, ISS has teamed with multiple U.S. federal agencies to track and curb criminal activity. Daily, over a thousand U.S. Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intelligence analysts, field agents, and other law enforcement personnel leverage ISS technology to successfully protect our nation. ISS technologies and subject matter experts routinely support operations executing counter drug, terrorism, and intelligence missions as well as maritime domain awareness, anti-migration and smuggling, and cyber missions.
Leveraging this pedigree, law enforcement agencies are able to benefit from a wealth of shared experience, technology, and best practices. For example, in the Washington Regional Threat and Analysis Center (WRTAC)–the fusion center for D.C. Metro PD, ISS solutions are enabling law enforcement personnel to aggregate, share, and analyze data to identify trends and detect hotspots.
In the aftermath of a bombing, investigators were recovering debris from the scene looking for evidence of the IED used in the attack. Small fragments of blast damaged plastic were found, and upon closer inspection, these fragments showed embossed lettering and numbers. The details were entered into ISS’ Dfuze suite which instantly returned a match. The item found at the scene contained identical markings to a 9 volt battery holder listed in the Power Source database within the system. This gave the investigators a strong indication that the power source for the IED’s time and power unit (TPU) had utilized the same 9 Volt battery holder. Further analysis of other investigations showed a similar modus operandi involving the same TPU Investigations of further incidents showed that the same 9 Volt battery holder was used in other TPUs.