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 with a 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 conducting procurement fraud investigations, Special Agent Baldwin became the first Federal Agent to use court orders with Department of Defense Inspector General subpoenas to ensure the operational security for the financial aspect of a criminal investigation. He was also the case agent on a significant procurement fraud undercover operation, the first of its kind, which targeted unapproved, flight-critical aircraft components. This operation resulted in the grounding of Navy aircraft because of major safety concerns rising from the use of the unapproved components installed on the aircraft. This successful operation earned Special Agent Baldwin the 1995 NCIS Special Agent of the Year Award for Economic Crimes Investigations.
Special Agent Baldwin became proficient in conducting computer forensics to identify evidence from computer media, and, in 1998, was assigned to the Washington Field Office as the Supervisory Special Agent for the first Computer Investigations and Operations Squad within the agency. Subsequently he moved to NCIS Headquarters, where he served as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Computer Investigations and Operations Department.
From February 2004 until March 2007, Special Agent Baldwin served 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. This field office area of responsibility includes the Naval District Washington, all major USN and USMC systems commands, USMC Base in Quantico, and geographically extends from Delaware in the north, to Dahlgren, Virginia in the south and to West Virginia in the west.
In March 2007, Special Agent Baldwin was assigned as the Assistant Director for Lean Six Sigma at NCIS Headquarters, which focused on finding efficiencies within the NCIS’ current and future budget constraints. In September 2007, Special Agent Baldwin was appointed as the Assistant Director for Human Resources. In this position, he was responsible for all aspects of human resources, to include staffing, pay and entitlements, employee relations, classification, agency training, human capital development, recruitment, and leadership development. During his three year tenure in this department, he led the NCIS transition into both the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) and the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System and the subsequent return from NSPS back to the General Schedule.
In October 2010, Special Agent Baldwin was selected as a member of the Senior Executive Service and appointed to his current position as the Executive Assistant Director for NCIS Global Operations. In this position, Special Agent Baldwin oversees nine NCIS field offices executing worldwide investigations and operations:
1 1) The Office of Special Projects: conducts espionage investigations and offensive counterintelligence operations within the Department of the Navy (DON);
2) The Office of Strategic Support: provides counterintelligence support to Department of Defense (DoD) and DON special access programs, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), as well as other DON/DoD research and development agencies;
3) The Cyber Operations Field Office: conducts worldwide cyber investigations, proactive cyber operations, and cyber forensics support for DON;
4) The Protective Operations Field Office: protective service operation details for high ranking DoD and DON positions including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Commandant of the Marine Corps and others, as well as foreign military ministry visitors;
5) The Contingency Response Field Office: responsible for all NCIS high risk and contingency deployments;
6) The Office of Technical Surveillance Countermeasures: protects DON classified information and critical infrastructure from being compromised by technical means;
7) The Office of Polygraph Services: conducts DON criminal polygraphs, counterintelligence scope polygraphs, and pre-employment polygraphs;
8) The Office of Technical Services: provides DON positive technical support for criminal, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism investigations and operations;
9) The Office of Forensic Services: provides forensic crime scene support to DON investigations.
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.