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Armylogo.jpgJeffrey H. Norwitz completed an undergraduate degree in criminal justice at Eastern Kentucky University in 1974. After graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Military airborne.jpgPolice Corps and completed Airborne School before assignment to the 50th Ordnance Company where his duties involved security of nuclear weapons. He concluded three years active duty as the executive officer of the 4th Military Police Company, Fort Carson, Colorado.     

Badge-ElPasoCountySO.jpgMr. Norwitz joined the El Paso County Sheriff's Office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1978. As a patrol officer, he received awards for heroism, life HDS20Technician.jpgsaving, and superior performance. His specialty assignments included SWAT team sniper and firearms instructor, as well as commander of the bomb squad, responding to more than 500 incidents involving explosives. He was engaged in many prominent cases involving paramilitary groups and domestic terrorism.    

NCIS.jpgHe joined the civilian ranks of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service  (NCIS) in 1985 and served tours of duty stateside and overseas specializing in counterintelligence, counterespionage, and counterterrorism. This included an assignment at Camp Delta, Guantánamo, Cuba as part of the Criminal Investigation Task Force interviewing al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters (2003–04). His last assignment was as NCIS supervisory special agent responsible for counterintelligence and counterespionage throughout New England. He retired from NCIS in 2009.     

NWC.jpgWhile a Special Agent, Mr. Norwitz earned an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and joined the faculty teaching National Security Decision Making as the NCIS adviser. Mr. Norwitz also held the John Nicholas Brown Academic Chair of Counterterrorism at the Naval War College. Mr. Norwitz lectured extensively across the country and for allied militaries on matters relating to terrorism, intelligence, and homeland security.   

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 dhs_seal.gifFrom 2009-2010, Mr. Norwitz was a Senior Instructor in the Counterterrorism Division at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).   He is a certified & accredited law enforcement instructor.     


His articles have been published in the Naval War College Review, Military Review, Journal of Homeland Security, Officer Review, and Singapore's Home Team Academy Journal. His writing has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese for publication in South America.  His scholarly work also appears in the books Homeland Security and Intelligence (Praeger, 2010); Armed Groups: Studies in National Security, Counterterrorism, and Counterinsurgency (Naval War College, 2008); Defending the Homeland: Historical Perspectives on Radicalism, Terrorism, and State Responses (West Virginia University Press, 2007); Practical Bomb Scene Investigation (CRC Press, 2006); American Defense Policy, 8th ed. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005); and Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Understanding the New Security Environment (McGraw-Hill, 2003). 

     Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Geneva, Switzerland. Invited panelist of a Public Discussion entitled “Preventing intelligence failures in an interconnected world: how much better can we do?” The event was chaired by Dr Christina Schori Liang, Co-Director of the New Issues in Security Course at the GCSP. The panel discussed the inevitability of intelligence failures and the importance of being aware of the causes of failure as a means of reducing their likelihood; 2012.

     Counterterrorism Division, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Brunswick, GA. Served as senior-level instructor, subject-matter expert, researcher, and course developer requiring highly specialized knowledge and skill in a variety of counterterrorism topics which include; law enforcement intelligence, terrorism, physical security, weapons of mass destruction, CBRN, bombs and explosives, improvised explosive devices, first response, operations security, counterintelligence, and law enforcement problem solving. The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center services 88 federal agencies, provides training to state, local and international police, graduates approximately 60,000 students annually, and is the largest law enforcement training establishment in the country; 2010.

     John Nicolas Brown Chair of Counterterrorism, Naval War College, Newport, RI. The Chair endowment was approximately $70,000 per year. As the inaugural Chair-holder in 2006, I budgeted, planned, and conducted activities designed to broaden public and individual student understanding of the ever changing nature of international terrorism and its consequences on society at large; 2009.

     United Nations, New York, NY.  Invited speaker at the High-Level Symposium on Water SecurityThe High-Level Symposium was a gathering of experts from the U.N. Secretariats and member states, and from the corporate, medical, scientific, academic, and nongovernmental organization communities. The symposium explored the worldwide water security issue to identify specific threats and vulnerabilities, as well as offer practical solutions for protection and preservation of water infrastructure; 2009.  

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     National Research Council of the National Academies, Washington, DC. Participated with Committee on Defeating Improvised Explosive Devices exploring basic research to interrupt the IED delivery chain. Continuing objective is to improve the technical ability to detect the device as well as understand the adversary’s goals; sociopolitical environment; sources of material, personnel, and money in order to impede or halt the effective use of IEDs. Findings published as Disrupting Improvised Explosive Device Terror Campaigns (Washington DC: The National Academies Press, 2008).

     Institute of Terrorism Research and Response, Jerusalem, Israel. Delegation of academics and practitioners, in a colloquium setting, studying Israeli response and strategies to terrorism. Unprecedented opportunity to meet with military, intelligence, police, judicial and private security leaders during a time of declared war between Israel and Lebanon over Hezbollah attacks in July 2006.

     Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Served with the Defense Department Criminal Investigative Task Force, where I interviewed detainees held at Camp Delta and who were suspected of terrorist activities during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. This criminal investigative effort, begun in 2002, supported war crimes prosecution of certain detainees. Extensive conversations – one on one – with persons linked to Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations; 2004.

     Operation Desert Fox, Kuwait. Extended at-sea deployment with 4,000 sailors and Marines of USS Belleau Wood Amphibious Ready Group. Served as chief counterterrorism and counterintelligence advisor to III Marine Expeditionary Force. Accompanied Marines to the desert north of Kuwait City during hostilities with Iraq. Engaged in war-time counterterrorism operations which neutralized an Egyptian Islamic Jihad cell operating in Kuwait; 1999.
Pentagon, Washington DC. Served as senior counterintelligence advisor to the nation’s most prolific and valuable intelligence program. Accomplishments remain highly classified; 1987-96. 

     Pentagon, Washington DC. Served as senior counterintelligence advisor to the nation’s most prolific and valuable intelligence program. Accomplishments remain highly classified; 1987-96.

     Naval Criminal Investigative Service, San Francisco, CA. Federal agent directing a 2-year international counterintelligence investigation which resulted in the capture and prosecution of a sailor spying on behalf a hostile foreign power; 1988.

     Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Brunswick, GA. Graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Criminal Investigator Training Program; 1985.

     FBI Hazardous Devices School, Huntsville, AL. Completed practitioner training and certified as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician; 1981. Headed a large metropolitan bomb squad for 4 years.

     Police Officer State Certification, Denver, CO. Completed standardized course of training necessary to become a sworn law enforcement officer; 1979.

     United States Army Reserve Officers Training Corps, Richmond, KY. Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Military Police Corps. Airborne qualified. Duties included security of nuclear weapons; 1974.  

     The Navy Superior Civilian Service Award is the highest honorary award the Chief of Naval Operations or the Commandant of the Marine Corps may bestow on a civilian employee in the Department of the Navy.  Presented by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service; 2009.
     Defense Department Civilian Service Medal for the Global War on Terrorism. The medal is awarded to Department of Defense civilian employees, who on or after September 11, 2001, to a date to be determined, participate abroad in direct support of a US military Global War on Terrorism operation in a location designated as an area of eligibility for that operation; 2009. 
     John N. Brown Academic Chair of Counterterrorism, U.S. Naval War College; 2006-09.
     Recipient of the 21st annual Defense Department Counterintelligence Award for Education Excellence; 2008.
     Distinguished Alumnus, College of Business and Technology, Eastern Kentucky University; 2006.
     Provost “summa cum laude” award for teaching excellence, U.S. Naval War College; 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008.
     Army Commander’s Award for Public Service, presented by Colonel Brittain Mallow, Commander, DoD Criminal Investigative Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; 2004.
     Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, presented by Rear Admiral Mitch Highfill, Commander, Amphibious Forces SEVENTH Fleet; 1999.
     Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, personally presented by the Honorable John Dalton, Secretary of the Navy; 1994. 
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