Real-Life Investigations into Unknown Mysteries
Saturday, August 12th, 2017 at 9 pm EDT, Mack Maloney, Juan-Juan and Commander Cobra of Mack Maloney’s Military X-Files talk to Chris Ahr, a real-life investigator for the US Navy about his pirate-fighting activities and solving homicides within the military. Jim Harold on Black Eyed Children, Rob Beckhusen on anti-pirate weapons and Ukraine shipping tanks to The Congo. Special guests Willy Miranda and Susan McNeill Spuhler tease the upcoming New England UFO Conference.
What is the Mission of the NCIS?
The NCIS mission is to investigate and defeat criminal, terrorist, and foreign intelligence threats to the United States Navy and Marine Corps—ashore, afloat, and in cyberspace.
How does Forensic Analysis Play a Role?
NCIS Special Agents receive basic training and experience in forensics, but NCIS forensic consultants are “Masters Level” experts trained to consult with case agents on complex investigations. They respond with Major Case Response Teams to apply advanced crime scene processing techniques. They are skilled in crime scene reconstruction, blood spatter analysis, firearms trajectory, glass fragmentation and assisting with forensic autopsies.
Evidence seized at a death scene, and all investigative action documents, photographs, sketches and statements that relate to the scene, are reviewed by an NCIS forensic consultant. They advise the case agent on what evidence needs to be analyzed by a criminal laboratory and what type of laboratory testing needs to be completed. The forensic consultant assists in interpreting whether further investigative steps need to be taken based on any laboratory analysis. The forensic consultant can also conduct a formal scene reconstruction, using physical evidence to identify the events involved in the crime and sequencing those events.
The Contingency Plan
NCIS has been recognized for its ability to adapt its expertise in areas like interrogation, evidence collection, forensics, and more to the challenging environments in which naval forces operate. Naval commanders fighting insurgent movements in Southwest Asia, addressing piracy off the Horn of Africa, and facing down other dynamic threats like transnational terrorism increasingly seek NCIS expeditionary support for just this reason. These commanders recognize that the tools routinely used by law enforcement have immense value in countering the “irregular challenges” they face.
The NCIS Contingency Response Field Office (CRFO) is dedicated to providing deployable investigative support in high-risk environments around the globe. NCIS Special Agents who pursue a tour with CRFO receive specialized training to prepare them for service in overseas combat and contingency environments. All CRFO agents are volunteers. CRFO is able to surge its personnel virtually anywhere in the world on short notice to support:
- Criminal investigations;
Counterintelligence investigations and operations;
Counterterrorism investigations and operations;
Specialized cyber and polygraph investigative requirements;
Protective service operations for senior officials; and
Force protection requirements for military deployments and exercises, humanitarian assistance missions, major special events (such as the annual Army-Navy game); and other operational activities.
The NCIS Special Agent Afloat Program is also coordinated through CRFO. An NCIS Special Agent Afloat is assigned to each aircraft carrier, major amphibious vessel, or hospital ship that deploys. These agents provide the full range of NCIS mission support to these ships and their supporting units, conducting investigations, coordinating port visit force protection efforts, and more.
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