Case support represented an important element of the activities of the CBSU in 2007.
The Nuclear Program of the CBSU provided assistance in several cases involving radiological or nuclear materials and has continued in its efforts to establish and strengthen associations with other government agencies in order to assist FBI investigations involving radiological materials.
The CBSU participated in several national, multiagency training exercises designed to assess the ability of the U.S.
CBSU staff gave presentations on the analysis of evidence contaminated with a foreign animal disease.
The Chemistry Program of the CBSU continued to develop and expand its contacts with other government agencies and thereby increase the capabilities of the FBI Laboratory to analyze chemical weapons or chemical threat agents.
CBSU also has developed a Hazardous Evidence Analysis Team (HEAT), a group of experienced FBI Laboratory examiners and technicians who receive advanced training to work with hazardous evidence (chemical, biological, and radiological evidentiary materials too hazardous to be handled at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico).
CBSU continues to coordinate with the FBI's partner laboratories to secure additional laboratory facilities to use for the forensic analysis of WMD materials.
In 2006 CBSU's Chemistry Program developed and validated an analytical method for the attribution of spore-related material.
CBSU's Nuclear Program coordinated the forensic analysis of radiological evidence in several FBI cases, which included collaboration with international law enforcement agencies.
CBSU works with its partner agencies to develop and validate forensic protocols for examining CBRN evidence.
In coordination with other FBI Laboratory units, CBSU has established the Hazardous Evidence Analysis Team (HEAT).
Through leadership of and participation in interagency scientific working groups, CBSU is leading the development of forensic guidelines for examining CBRN materials.