FBI, West Virginia, United States
Samuel J. Cava is the Unit Chief of the Multimedia Exploitation Unit (MXU) in the Operational Technology Division of the FBI. MXU provides leading edge IT solutions and services to law enforcement for the processing and exploitation of digital evidence. MXU provided instrumental support to some of the Nation's largest investigations, including the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, 2018 Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting, 2020 civil unrest, and the Jan 6 Capitol Riots.
Prior to his FBI career, Mr. Cava served as the Director of the Department of Defense Biometric Fusion Center during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. As Director, he championed many initiatives, including the creation of DoD's first National biometric system. He came to DoD from West Virginia University where he was the Forensics and Biometrics Program Director.
Mr. Cava started his career as a US Air Force officer. His duty assignments included tours at the National Reconnaissance Office and the National Air Intelligence Center. Mr. Cava is a West Virginia native and received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University, where he studied on an Air Force ROTC scholarship.
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