The “Weapon of Choice” for Special Operations Digital Device Exploitation

Digital Exploitation complexities face the modern combat soldier (DOMEX/MEDEX MPE). This Special Ops Unit is charged with overseeing the various Special Operations Component Commands of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force.  

The Executive Office is responsible for the acquisition, fielding, and sustainment of intelligence and exploit systems for Special Operations Forces (SOF). The systems contribute directly to the Client’s priorities to deter, disrupt, and defeat terrorist threats and sustain and modernise the force. The current and projected threats to this region continue to evolve in response to the increased technological sophistication and effectiveness of fielded capabilities. 

Acquisition strategies relying primarily on innovative contracting approaches, evolutionary technology insertions, and a prudent balance of cost, schedule and performance requirements are required.  

Digital exploitation is a growing concern with over 2 billion laptops and PCs in the world and a staggering 5 billion phones, plus countless portable storage, and removable media devices. The necessity to be able to exploit devices on discreet or direct-action missions is essential both at the frontline on the battlefield and within Labs. 

Common related issues to effectively achieving this are: device types, encryption, counter forensics, time, data size, technical skill requirement, forensic integrity, skill depletion, SWAP, operator friendly technology, innovative solutions to complex problems, flexibility, reactive technology, need for multi-disciplines, organisation rollout size and associated training complexities. 

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The Solution

Detego is proud to be placed as the key technology selected in order to meet the commander’s intent. The Client’s Program is tasked with finding globally the best solutions at the highest levels for Special Operations success. The effective project is headed by a programme lead with a budget in excess of $20 million/ £14.4 million PA. 

Detego Field Triage, Ballistic rapid imaging coupled with link analysis, powerful A.I and automated forensics processes all assisted in Detego beating competition in a crowded technology field. Detego even removed a previous incumbent tool, proving why it is the number one choice for Militaries, Police and Intelligence agencies around the globe. 

The Client’s process of selection involved rigorous testing from technical, commercial and operation standpoints culminating in acceptance and agreement across multiple varied component units which make up the overall organisation – no small task!  

The Result

The Special Operations unrelenting pursuit of excellence for a better DOMEX solution is continuously being assessed and evolving, with development in Detego matching the required pace and currently an estimated 700 units out to investigators. 

Training and roll out on such a large deployment of technology has been approached in a collaborative and positive manner. This had enabled Detego technology to be devolved to both frontline operational users and Exploitation LAB specialists.

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