The only organization in the U.S. that is only dedicated to the study of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) is funded by the FBI.  This is the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), which is a result of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives teaming up with the DoD Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. 

TEDAC’s IED analysis comprises the following units:

1. Forensics
2. Intelligence
3. Technical exploitation
4. Investigations

The Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center’s Scope

The TEDAC was created in 2004, and since that time has procured over 80,000 unexploded IED devices, or exploded IED detritus. These have come from cooperation with the military, local law enforcement organizations and international affiliates. TEDAC uses both traditional and contemporary innovations in science to reconstruct bombs in order to understand the process of terrorists around the globe. To this end, TEDAC creates reports and recommendations to assist FBI bomb technicians, field soldiers and other law enforcement professionals in the undertaking of counterterrorism missions.

TEDAC’s headquarters can be found in Quantico, VA, and includes staff ranging from expects in electronics, explosives, engineering and intelligence. The results of the TEDAC’s work have stopped dozens of bomb makers from their criminal actions. To get their results TEDAC uses sophisticated forensics, including mitochondrial DNA testing and fingerprint technology. Using electronic methods of trend analysis, the TEDAC has also pin pointed hundreds of upcoming terrorist groups.

In 2006, TEDAC was able to identify a never before seen type of bomb which used hydrogen peroxide. Before this, liquid based bombs had never appeared in the actions of terrorist groups, or even in live combat. In 2007, this investigation into the hydrogen peroxide provided substantive enough information that a bomb intended for use against the U.S. and German assets was successfully stopped.

Job Description for Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center Staff

Staff at TEDAC have the following responsibilities:

1. Collecting, recording and investigating IEDs from all over the globe.
2. Keeping up with bomb making techniques across the board, from biological to chemical to nuclear bombs.
3. Reporting and presenting to FBI management with all findings.
4. Investigating the remains of IEDs to gain insights into terrorist resources and techniques.
5. Identifying links between types of bombs and the terrorist cells that use them.
6. Creating and executing plans for dismantling bomb makers and new IED technology in terrorist groups.

Salary for Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center Staff

TEDAC staff are mostly scientists, engineers and technicians, and most work is laboratory. These jobs fall in the GS-7, GS-9 or GS-11 pay grades. Higher salaries can be available for personnel with elite degrees like masters or PhDs, or for those who have extensive experience with bomb dismantling. Promotions can be given up to GS-14, and in special scenarios, up to GS-15. Professionals might be able to procure extra compensation for overtime, hazardous work or the demands of increased availability.