FBI Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC)

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Phil Pulaski has 37 years of law enforcement experience and has been an attorney for 39 years. During March 2014, Phil Pulaski retired from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) as the Chief of Detectives after more than 33 years of service. He subsequently worked with his close friend Chief Daniel Oates in the Miami Beach Police Department where he served as Commanding Officer of the Criminal Investigations Section. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Phil Pulaski directed the NYPD’s counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction operations. He has 25 years of bomb operations experience, and managed NYPD’s bomb operations, post-blast crime scene processing and explosives laboratory analyses. Phil Pulaski was responsible for the NYPD’s Bomb Squad which is the largest and busiest police bomb squad in the United States. He and his team worked closely with the FBI on numerous bombing investigations in the United States and overseas, and collaborated with the FBI’s Special Agent Bomb Technicians and Laboratory Division Explosive Unit.

The Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) was formally established in 2003 to serve as the single interagency organization to receive, fully analyze, and exploit all terrorist improvised explosive devices (IEDs) of interest to the United States. TEDAC is a part of the FBI’s Laboratory Division and is composed of eight units related to forensics, technical exploitation, intelligence, and investigations. TEDAC serves a key role in broader FBI efforts to acquire, analyze, act on, and share terrorist-related information.

TEDAC includes representatives from the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, and international partner agencies who work collaboratively to address IED-related issues and develop solutions in support of the counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) fight. TEDAC coordinates the efforts of the entire government, from law enforcement to intelligence to military, to gather and share forensic data and intelligence about devices, tactics, techniques, and procedures. TEDAC’s mission is to support the United States global war on terror, both at home and abroad, by helping disarm and disrupt IEDs, link them to their makers, and, most important, prevent future attacks. On February 16, 2016, TEDAC celebrated the completion of its new laboratory facilities at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. TEDAC has received more than 100,000 IED submissions from more than 50 countries. TEDAC’s continued success relies on a global, whole-of-government approach to addressing the IED threat.