Executive Assistant Director for Global Operations
Naval Criminal Investigative Service
C.R. (Rod) Baldwin, III, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in the Administration of Criminal Justice and Minor in Political Science from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC.
Following graduation, Special Agent Baldwin joined the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in February 1987. He has been assigned to offices in South Carolina, California, and Washington, DC. Trained in procurement fraud, Special Agent Baldwin became the first Federal Agent to utilize Ex-Parte Court Orders with DoD IG subpoenas in a criminal investigation to delay customer notice for access to financial records. He was also the case agent on the first procurement fraud Group 1 undercover operation, which targeted unapproved flight critical aircraft components. This undercover operation resulted in the grounding of USN aircraft subsequent to the identification of extreme safety concerns with components already installed on USN aircraft. This successful operation earned Special Agent Baldwin the 1995 NCIS Special Agent of the Year Award for Procurement Fraud.
Special Agent Baldwin also became proficient in identifying evidence from computer media by conducting computer forensics. In 1998, he was assigned to the Washington Field Office and became the Supervisory Special Agent for the first Computer Investigations and Operations Squad within the agency. Subsequently, he was moved to NCIS Headquarters, where he completed two tours within the Computer Investigations and Operations Department where he served as the Deputy Assistant Director.
From February 2004 until March 2007, Special Agent Baldwin was assigned as the Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office. In this position, he was responsible for agents assigned to conduct counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigations and operations. The area of responsibility is inclusive of the Naval District Washington, all major USN and USMC systems commands, USMC Base in Quantico, as well as geographically from Delaware to the North, West Virginia to the West, and Dahlgren to the South.
In March 2007, Special Agent Baldwin was assigned as the Assistant Director for Lean Six Sigma at NCIS Headquarters where the mission was focused on finding efficiencies within the Agency’s current and future budget constraints. In September 2007, Special Agent Baldwin was appointed as the Assistant Director for Human Resources. During his three year tenure in HR, he led the NCIS transition into both NSPS and DCIPS and again out of NSPS back into the General Scale. As the AD for Human Resources, Special Agent Baldwin was responsible for all aspects of HR, to include staffing, pay and entitlements, employee relations, classification, agency training, human capital development, recruitment, and leadership development.
In October 2010, Special Agent Baldwin was selected as a member of the Senior Executive Service and placed into his current position as the Executive Assistant Director for NCIS Global Operations. In this position, Special Agent Baldwin is responsible for seven field offices executing worldwide investigations and operations associated with Espionage; Counterintelligence Operations; Special Access Programs; Cyber; Protective Service Operations; Contingency Response and High Risk Deployments; Criminal Investigative Task Force; Technical Surveillance Countermeasures; and Polygraph.
Special Agent Baldwin has received several achievement awards from the Departments of the Navy, Defense, and Justice, including two Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards. One of these two awards was a result of his dedication and creative insight provided while assigned to the NCIS Modernization Team in 2002.