The Forensic Analytical Branch provides the sampling and analysis support required by the Army, Department of Defense, and other Government Agencies related to the detection and identification of chemical warfare related materials in all types of matrices. All sampling and analysis work is performed in accordance with an ISO certified quality system. The team is specifically named in DoD planning guidance as the source of sampling and analysis support to demonstrate DoD compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The team also provides training and expert consultation services.
Collection and analysis of samples for the presence of chemical warfare related materials, to include toxins.
On-site and laboratory analysis using techniques such as gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, flame photometric detector, time-of-flight mass spectrometry, atomic emission detector, nuclear magnetic resonance, and various types of infrared spectrometry.
Analyses on trace level, pure materials, or any concentration between these extremes.