FBI's TEDAC IED repository celebrates 10-year anniversary

The Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center celebrated its 10-year anniversary this week as one of the United States' primary tools in the fight against terrorism.

TEDAC, often referred to as America's bomb library, is the government's sole repository for improvised explosive devises. It was the first repository of its kind in the U.S. and has become an important organization in the fight against terrorism.

"TEDAC is the government's single repository for IEDs," TEDAC Director Special Agent Greg Carl said. "The evidence and intelligence we gather from these explosives is used by law enforcement, the military, the intelligence community, and by our political decision-makers. There is no question that the work we have done-and continue to do-has helped to save American lives."

TEDAC is located at the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia. It has partnered with 13 government agencies and 17 external partners to help collect, analyze and catalog IEDs.

Since its inception, TEDAC has analyzed more than 100,000 IEDs globally and identified more than 1,000 persons with potential connections to terrorism. In celebration of its service to American national security, TEDAC is building a new state-of-the-art facility in Huntsville, Alabama.

"I see TEDAC as good government," Carl said. "The fact that you have multiple agencies coming together, working toward one common cause, without duplicating resources, means that everyone benefits. And that helps make the country safer."