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U.S. Bomb Data Center

usbdcLocation: Washington, US


Type:  Police

The U.S. Bomb Data Center was established in 1996. They operate under the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Bomb Data Center was created as a national collection center for information on arson and explosives related incidents throughout the United States, using sources such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI, and the United States Fire Administration.

Their work involves compiling arson and explosives statistics utilizing to provide to concerned bodies and the public. From this a database is maintained to monitor patterns and trends related to the misuse of explosives.

Like many bomb data centers they aid in national and international information sharing and coordination of efforts, particularly making sure investigators have access to the required resource material.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.