Robert Aldrich is the Chief Security Officer of American Defense Systems, Inc. (“ADSI”). ADSI is a world leader in the design, fabrication, and installation of transparent and opaque armor, security doors, windows and curtain wall systems. He is the senior executive responsible for identification, development, implementation and management of the organization’s [global] security strategies and programs.
Mr. Aldrich serves as a Special Advisor to Director of Operations at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Headquarters (HQMC), Washington, D.C.
Mr. Aldrich is a veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation with field office duty in Columbia, S.C., Springfield, IL and New York, NY. His work included clerical, foreign counterintelligence, interstate and violent crime investigations, SWAT and SCUBA, and being detailed to the United States Marine Corps.
Mr. Aldrich served as Special Consultant to Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) during the tenure of legendary Marine General Al Gray, 29th CMC. He was the principal architect of a training paradigm to insure the Marine Corps entry into special operations, establishment of the Special Operations Training Group and a shift towards urban-warfare exercises in U.S. cities. He holds the distinction of being the Bureau’s, first-ever G-man assigned to a U.S. Armed Forces service chief. His counsel to five Marine Corps Commandants spanned the period from 1985-2001.
After retiring from the Bureau as a Supervisory Special Agent in 2001, Mr. Aldrich became the U.S. Marine Corps National Coordinator for Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and Civil Support, a role that had greater relevancy after the September 11th terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Under the Plans, Policies, and Operations Department, he worked to strengthen National Capital Region relationships with law enforcement and public safety authorities at all levels while shaping and implementing Marine Corps policies for combating terrorism, continuity of operations, critical infrastructure protection and support to civil authorities.
Mr. Aldrich holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a graduate of the prestigious FBI Law Enforcement and Executive Seminar and is a Fellow at the Potomac Institute For Policy Studies in Arlington, VA. He is a former Senior Advisor at the Civitas Group, Washington, D.C., and is on the advisory boards of Cavalry Security Group and Archaio, L.L.C. He is a supporter of the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation and is a life member of the Save the Montagnard People Foundation.He volunteered for military service in 1966 and served as a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Combat Infantrymans Badge. He is a recipient of the Department of Navy’s awards for Superior Civilian Service and Distinguished Public Service.