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Practical Bomb Scene Investigation
by James T. Thurman

Practical Bomb Scene Investigation is an accessible step-by-step guide through the postblast investigative process.

Features:

  • Provides full color photographs of bomb scenes, explosives, military ordnance, and bomb components
  • Uses case studies that emphasize the benefits of an organized, methodical approach to investigations
  • Illustrates the characteristics of commercial, military, and improvised explosives through the extensive use of spread sheets
  • Includes examples of evidence documentation, chain of custody, and scene administration forms
  • Addresses safety issues such as military ordnance identification procedures, as well as features of biological, chemical, and radiological materials
  • Explains the term "Bomber's Signature" and its significance to the investigator

Contents

Explosion Theory and Dynamics

  • The Scientific Method
  • Explosives
  • Types of Explosives
  • Classification and Sensitivity of Explosives
  • Explosive Performance
  • Firing Trains
  • Additional Characteristics of Explosives
  • Accountability of Explosives and Explosives Detection
  • Explosions

Identification and Recognition of Commercial and Military Explosives

  • A Short History of Explosives
  • Low Explosives
  • Commercial High Explosives
  • Water-Based Products
  • Boosters
  • Binary Explosives
  • Sheet Explosives
  • Foreign Explosives
  • U.S. Military Explosives
  • Improvised Explosives
  • Initiation Systems and Components

Improvised Explosive Device Components - Pre- and Post-Blast Identification

  • Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
  • Fuzing Systems
  • The Investigative Process

The Investigation of the Explosion Scene and Collection of Evidence

  • Investigative Outline
  • Evaluation of the Explosion Scene
  • Entering the Scene
  • Documentation of the Scene
  • Where to Find Evidence at the Bomb Scene
  • How to Find Evidence at the Bomb Scene
  • How to Collect Evidence at the Bomb Scene
  • Final Survey
  • Release of the Scene
  • Submission of Evidence to the Laboratory
  • The Field Investigation

The Bomb Scene Investigator and Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • Types of WMD
  • Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Materials
  • WMD: Hazards
  • Determining WMD Presence
  • WMD Protection Methods
  • Key Issues for Investigating a WMD Scene

An Introduction to the Identification of Military Ordnance

  • Physical Characteristics of Military Ordnance
  • Identification Features of Military Ordnance
  • Dropped Ordnance (Bombs)
  • Projected Ordnance (Projectiles, Rockets and Missiles)
  • Thrown Ordnance (Grenades)
  • Placed Ordnance (Mines)

Capabilities of the Forensic Laboratory - Reading the Bombers' Signature

  • Laboratory Capabilities in the Examination of IEDs
  • Reading the Bombers' Signature

Index

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Practical Bomb Scene Investigation
by James T. Thurman
2006 464 pages $93.95 + shipping
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