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Answer the roll call!

2015 ROTC Cadets This summer, 12 ROTC Cadets from across the country will attend a rigorous, two-week, one-of-a-kind Biometrics and Forensic Internship at our Largo headquarters. NFSTC has been committed to this program as it truly complements our work and because of this, we have provided this amazing opportunity at no charge to ROTC cadets or the Command since 2009.

This year, more than 80 Cadets applied for the coveted chance to learn skills, tools and techniques that will make them stronger leaders in our nation’s armed forces.

Alternate Light Source TrainingOnce again, we have launched a campaign to ask companies and individuals to support this program through sponsorship and donations. Your support shows your commitment to educating future Army leaders through a unique internship experience they do not receive in college and or basic ROTC training.

Learn more about giving opportunities at, or download information here:

  Support the 2017 NFSTC Cadet Internship

Custom corporate giving opportunities are also available.

NFSTC is proud to support our ROTC Cadets and science and STEM education, and we appreciate our sponsors. We are looking forward to meeting this year’s Cadets!

Follow along with the cadet class in July via NFSTC’s Facebook page.

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New partnership expands NFSTC’s connection to veteran workforce

Global SOF Foundation Corporate Partner logoThe National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) announced today its partnership with Global SOF Foundation. The move will allow the Largo-based not-for-profit direct access to not only a database of qualified veteran employment candidates, but also a vast network of companies dedicated to the Special Operations Forces (SOF) industry.

NFSTC has been serving the Department of Defense (DoD) community since 2007, specializing in forensic science-based training, procurement and support services. Global SOF Foundation brings together corporations and individuals to address global security challenges facing today’s modern warfighter.

“As a nation, we still have a need to arm our men and women in uniform with the best training and latest technology that will best suit them in the field,” Kevin Lothridge, NFSTC CEO, says. “Our partnership with Global SOF connects the best-of-the-best in the defense industry so we can work together to provide the highest quality products to the government.”

An added benefit of the partnership is access to a skilled veteran workforce. Global SOF has a network of SOF personnel for recruitment NFSTC can utilize when searching for specific qualifications for future projects. NFSTC is proud to have veterans on staff; nearly 30 percent of the workforce has served in the armed forces.

The two Tampa Bay area based organizations will showcase their partnership at a reception May 23 ahead of this year’s SOFIC convention in Tampa.


About Global SOF Foundation:

The Global SOF Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advocates for all aspects of Special Operations Forces (SOF) development, employment and sustainment in the fight to defeat globally networked threats. It is the only professional association for the special operations community.

About NFSTC:

The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) provides quality forensic services including training, consulting, technology evaluation to the justice, forensic science and defense communities.  NFSTC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Largo, Florida.

NFSTC adopts new management system to strengthen customer support

The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) is raising the bar with the recent implementation of Deltek Costpoint system. The move will allow NFSTC to continue to provide high quality contract commitments while streamlining projects.

“Deltek permits us to maintain accurate and reliable project data while meeting regulatory requirements all within one system,” says NFSTC’s contract administrator Tracy Goetz. “This system helps to reduce the inefficient resource allocations and scheduling delays that result from manual work-arounds.”

As Tampa’s eighth largest defense contractor, NFSTC is utilizing Deltek to become even more compliant with Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) approved processing, which only aids in earning Department of Defense and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)-regulated contracts.

“One of the biggest benefits we are seeing is the tie-in between our accounting and projects systems,” Goetz explains. “This allows us to be more timely and accurate from nearly every angle and in turn we can provide a better value to our customers.”

As a recognized leader in the forensic science community, NFSTC provides innovative training, support and services to a broad range of customers, including military and civilian law enforcement communities.


About Deltek:

Deltek is the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for professional services firms and government contractors. For decades, Deltek has delivered actionable insight that empowers our customers to unlock their business potential. 16,000 organizations and 2 million users in over 80 countries around the world rely on Deltek to research and identify opportunities, win new business, optimize resources, streamline operations, and deliver more profitable projects. Deltek – Know more. Do more. ®

About NFSTC:

The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) provides quality forensic services including training, consulting, technology evaluation to the justice, forensic science and defense communities.  NFSTC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Largo, Florida.

NFSTC joins JANUS Research Group to support Army Expeditionary Forces

The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) has been selected to work with JANUS Research Group, Inc. (JANUS) on a 5-year, $800 million multiple award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract supporting Army Expeditionary Forces. The team will provide basic and applied research, advanced technology development, demonstration and validation, and operational systems development services for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Advanced Expeditionary Warfare Development (AEWD) program.

NFSTC’s experience and expertise will support the efforts in Expeditionary Forces and Special Operations, and Deployable Force Protection categories. More than 30 contractors will coordinate their know-how to provide timely, top-quality work for our nation’s warfighters.

“We are honored to serve the U.S. Army under this contract,” says Kevin Lothridge, NFSTC CEO. “NFSTC has a proud history of serving our nation’s military with training and logistical support and we intend to adhere to the high standards we have set in that arena.”

The evolution of tools and techniques that can take forensic analysis beyond the laboratory coupled with the growth in expeditionary force deployment has created a need for skills and system development.  NFSTC provides biometric, forensic and expeditionary analysis training and support to a variety of military and homeland security customers.


About JANUS:

JANUS enhances the efficiency and performance of organizations by providing innovative and cost effective services, products, and solutions through technological enhancements and improved business processes. JANUS is a forward thinking and leading edge technology solutions provider of research and development, communications, and information technology (IT) services and products, intelligence and security solutions, program and acquisition management, combat development services, historical data collection, and systems analysis and assessments. Since 1997, JANUS Research Group, Inc. has earned the reputation of being an industry leader in providing clients with relevant, efficient, and cost effective services, products, and solutions that enhance organizational performance. JANUS provides cutting edge engineering, communications and intelligence solutions to their clients.

JANUS applies tailored software and hardware solutions to complex problem sets.  With full capabilities in-house, JANUS has the flexibility to meet and exceed client expectations while providing the best value with the latest technology available. Additional information about JANUS is available at

About NFSTC:

The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) provides quality forensic services including training, consulting, technology evaluation to the justice, forensic science and defense communities.  NFSTC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Largo, Florida.

Another successful Science Festival in the books

Child at the 2015 St. Petersburg Science Festival learns how to lift a printNFSTC staff and students from the Pinellas Park High School Criminal Justice Academy rolled up their sleeves for the fifth annual St. Petersburg Science Festival. Children were lined up waiting to get inside the “CSI: Largo” tent where they could test out their fingerprinting, chromatography and ALS skills.

The community event is open to the public and was packed again this year with thousands of families bringing their children for a unique education experience. The weather made for a picture perfect day at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg waterfront campus.

Handing out Lynn Peavey Giveaway bagsWe are grateful for the ever-popular evidence bags donated by Lynn Peavey! Once again they were a popular item and gone before lunchtime.

If you missed out on the fun, check out our Facebook and Twitter accounts for more great action shots. You can also download our  at-home activity guide to continue the investigation year-round.

  At-Home CSI Activities