FBI details explosive intelligence work

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released an overview of the duties and functions of the National Explosives Task Force (NETF) on Friday.

The major duty of the task force is collecting and evaluating intelligence on explosives and using that information to eliminate threats and mitigate damage, by supplying partners nationwide with crucial information. This includes over 3,000 bomb technicians within the realm of public safety and over 400 bomb squads nationwide.

An awareness bulletin will be sent out in the case of a bomb threat being made, whether it is a hoax or not, as the task force aims to be on guard for any potential threat, the report states.

“It became apparent years ago that we really needed an interagency task force looking at the intelligence from these IED incidents and trying to quickly pull together joint intelligence products that we can disseminate to the bomb tech community to make sure that everybody is situationally aware,” James Yacone, assistant director of the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group, under which NETF operates, said.

The report detailed an incident in 2013 where scammers had issued threats in order to gain pre-paid cards; though it was a false threat, first response personnel were notified. It stated that the NETF did not find any devices linked to the threat but stressed that no threat should be assumed to be a hoax.

Documentation from the NETF takes many forms, which include information on devices being used and protocols that perpetrating entities are thought to be following. This includes a report after a major incident, as well as an awareness bulletin or industry advisory.

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