A sensitive site is a geographically limited area with special diplomatic, informational, military, or economic sensitivity to the United States.
Examples of sensitive sites include war crimes sites, critical hostile government facilities areas suspected of containing persons of high rank or those sought after by the USG, document storage areas containing enemy or terrorist classified files, research and production facilities involving breakthrough technologies, and any place containing or suspected to have enemy research, production, storage, employment or use of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons.
The main intent of site exploitation is to extract as much potential intelligence as possible from the site of a raid or point of interest in hopes that the data collected will lead to further enemy targets or answer priority intelligence requirements (PIR).
A secondary benefit is that this data can be used to help prosecute criminals, if done correctly in accordance with local law.
Site exploitation generally consists of the following phases:
- Securing the site (usually through a raid)
- Documenting the site
- Searching the site
- Prioritizing exfiltration
- Exploiting materials found
Sensitive site exploitation often involves:
- Capturing biometric data (retina scan, finger prints, etc.)
- Collecting and analyzing personal documents (DOCEX)
- Collecting and analyzing communications and cellphone data (CELLEX)
SSE creates a visual record of the original scene and physical evidence at accidents, crime scenes and similar events. Designated authorities use this imagery for analysis, measurement, investigations and court evidence.
Want to learn more? Tonex offers Fundamentals of Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE), a 2-day training program designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to effectively conduct sensitive site exploitation operations.
Participants will learn the principles, techniques, and procedures involved in collecting, preserving, and analyzing sensitive information and materials found at various types of sensitive sites.
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