Robert “Bob” C. Aldrich,FBI (Ret.), Fellow
Mr. Aldrich is a Fellow at the Potomac Institute of Policy Studies.
Mr. Aldrich is the Principal of Robert Aldrich Associates, a limited liability company registered under SAM.gov and offering private investigator/private detective services through a coterie of retired, U.S. Government Series 1811 criminal investigators in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Mr. Aldrich works as a Special Investigator and is contracted through an investigative agency of the U.S. Government. This includes background investigations and security clearance investigations of candidates and high-level personnel.
Mr. Aldrich’s law enforcement career began while clerking with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the Columbia, SC Field Office. In 1975, he was sworn in as a Special Agent in Washington, D.C. and worked in the Springfield and New York offices, Critical Incident Response Group - FBI Academy and the Pentagon. His areas included foreign counterintelligence matters, interstate and violent crimes and U.S. military special operations interests and training. As a certified FBI Instructor and SWAT operator, he earned Naval parachute wings at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, NJ and diving badge after completing the Special Forces Underwater Combat Diving School in Key West, FL. His U.S. Army and FBI backgrounds were precursors for selection as the Bureau’s detailee and in becoming Special Consultant to Commandant of the Marine Corps under legendary Marine General Al Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps. His advancement to Supervisory Special Agent (GS-15) occurred as the key architect of a training paradigm to ensure the Marine Corps’ entry into special operations. Bob holds the distinction of being the FBI’s first-ever Special Agent detailed to a service chief of the U.S. Armed Forces for a sustained period of four years (1987-1991) and at other periods (1985-2004), a span that includes six Commandants of the Marine Corps.
After retiring from the FBI in 2001, Mr. Aldrich was contracted to the U.S. Marine Corps as National Coordinator for Law Enforcement, Public Safety and Civil Support, which included program management of the USMC-FBI TAMACOR Program. The role had greater relevancy after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Nation and the Pentagon. Assigned to the Plans, Policies and Operations Department, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps, he helped strengthened National Capital Region law enforcement and public safety relationships at all levels while assisting key planners to shape and implement Marine Corps policies for combatting terrorism, continuity of operations, critical infrastructure protection and support to civil authorities.
Mr. Aldrich served as the Chief Security Officer for American Defense Systems, Inc., a world leader in the design, fabrication and installation of transparent and opaque armor systems. He was the senior executive responsible for identification, development and implementation of the organizations (global) security strategies and programs. Other senior advisory responsibilities occurred at Civitas Group, Washington, D.C., EAI (acquired by Science & Applications Company - SAIC) and Director of Operations – Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps.
Mr. Aldrich earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina in 1973. He is a graduate of the prestigious FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, FBI Academy. He is a Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.
Mr. Aldrich volunteered for military service in November 1966. His duty assignments included the 101st Airborne Division and U.S. Army Special Forces, 5th and 6th Special Forces Group (Airborne). In 1968-69, his service as a “Green Beret” continued in the Republic of Vietnam with the all-volunteer U.S. Military Advisory Command, Studies & Observation Group (MACV-SOG) as a SOG operator assigned to Command & Control North (CCN) and its top-secret, cross-border operations. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Twenty-six years after the end the Vietnam War, MACV-SOG Vietnam (which has served as a paragon for American future special operations forces) and its warriors were recognized with the Presidential Unit Citation on April 4, 2001.
Mr. Aldrich is a recipient of the highest honorary award that the Commandant of the Marine Corps may bestow on a civilian employee, the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award - for his accomplishments that had a wide impact on the United States Marine Corps - developing a training initiative of significant importance and a program that fulfilled a vital role in realistically preparing Marine Expeditionary Units as Special Operations Capable for the demands of operating in an urban environment. The presentation was made in October 1991 by General Carl E. Mundy, Jr., 30thCommandant of the Marine Corps during the FBI-Marine Corps Law Enforcement Association dinner, Camp Smith, Peekskill, NY.
On February 4, 2004, Secretary of the Navy, Gordon R. England approved the Department of the Navy’s highest service recognition for distinguished public service to Bob as FBI Special Consultant to Commandant of the Marine Corps. The Distinguished Public Service Award was granted for exceptionally outstanding service of substantial and long-term benefit to the Marine Corps by directing some of the most specialized tactical training ever conducted throughout the United States cities, towns and maritime venues and contributing to the success in contingency operations around the world and thereby, bolstering the Corps’ evolution into special operations.
Bob holds life memberships with the American Legion (FBI Post 56), National Sheriffs Association, Law Enforcement Executives Development Association, Special Forces Association, Special Operations Association and Save the Montagnard People Foundation. He is Treasurer of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI – John F. Good Long Island Chapter and a long-time supporter of the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation.
On July 14, 2017, General Robert B. Neller, 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, at a ceremony inside the Commandant’s House, Marine Barracks, Washington D.C., bestowed the title, “Honorary Marine” on Bob for his unyielding support and devotion to Corps and Country.