I.D.E.A.L. Technology has won a DoD/U.S. Army SBIR to design and build a rugged, inexpensive, and portable system based on Linux / Open Source software to enable forward deployed conventional or special forces to rapidly extract data from PDAs, magnetic media, and flash memory cards. Computers have become the backbone of both conventional and unconventional forces. These computers contain data on everything from operations, to logistics, from finances to underground cells. Currently, the information contained on a captured computer can only be extracted in a computer forensics laboratory that is remote from the tactical world. This information becomes intelligence only after a human analyzes it. While this meets strategic intelligence requirements it does not, however, provide timely and useful information to the tactical force. Providing a rugged, portable forensics system to forward deployed forces will enable them to assess if a captured computer contains information critical to the success of their operation and act on it in near real time. The system must aid the tactical user in searching the data to assess its relevance to current or future operations.