DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge 2011

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Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3)

Mission Statement

Deliver superior digital forensics and multimedia lab services, cyber technical training, research, development, testing and evaluation capabilities supporting cyber counterintelligence and counterterrorism, criminal investigations, intrusion forensics, and information operations for the Department of Defense.

Vision Statement

Qualitative superiority in our mission space through technical innovation and developing high standards for DoD digital forensics while delivering superior digital forensics capabilities to DoD criminal investigative, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, intelligence, safety, inspectors general, information assurance, and critical infrastructure protection communities. Develop a reputation for collaboration and excellence that will win partners from U.S. federal agencies, international allies, academia and private professional organizations.


Operating since 1998, DC3 provides digital and multimedia (D/MM) forensics, cyber investigative training; research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E); and cyber analytics to DoD computer network defense (CND), law enforcement (LE), intelligence community (IC), counterintelligence (CI) and counterterrorism (CT) agencies. Established as an entity within the Air Force, DC3 operates under Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF) Executive Agency with program oversight via the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), and the DoD CIO is the principal staff assistant per DoDD 5505.13E, DoD Executive Agent (EA) for the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). DC3 was recognized as a national cyber center in NSPD 54/HSPD 23 and serves as the operational focal point for the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cybersecurity and Information Assurance DIB CS/IA Program.

DC3 is located in Linthicum, MD with an authorized staff of ~400 (currently), roughly one-third of whom are DoD civilians and US military personnel, and two-thirds of whom are contractors. DC3 also hosts 13 liaisons from other agencies to include DHS, USD/DAMO, DSS, NSA, and USCYBERCOM.


DC3 has a unique combination of governing authorities anchored by Title 18: Law Enforcement / Counter-intelligence (LE/CI). Other authorities include:

  • Title 6: Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Title 10: DoD
  • Title 40, 44: CIO

DC3’s authorities provide broad authority to interface with the private sector, US interagency, and international forums.