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Encyclopedia > Air Force Office of Special Investigations

Air Force Office of Special Investigations
Field Operating Agency of the United States Air Force
Established: 1948
Location: Andrews AFB, Maryland
Reports to: Inspector General, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force
Commander/Director: Brig Gen Dana A. Simmons

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) is a Field Operating Agency (FOA) of the United States Air Force that provides professional investigative services to commanders throughout the Air Force. AFOSI identifies, investigates and neutralizes criminal, terrorist, and espionage threats to personnel and resources of the Air Force and Department of Defense. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 616 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1000 × 973 pixel, file size: 156 KB, MIME type: image/png) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Air Force Office of Special Investigations... This is a list of Field Operating Agencies (FOA) in the United States Air Force that are active. ... The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ... Andrews Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base near Washington, DC, the home base of Air Force One and SAM FOX. Location The base is a few miles southeast of Washington, in Prince Georges County, Maryland. ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 90 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37°53N to 39°43N  - Longitude 75°4W to 79°33... Inspector General is a fact finding officer whose responsibility is to investigate charges of corruption, fraud, waste and abuse and other complaints regarding government officials. ... The Secretary of the Air Force is the civilian head of the United States Department of the Air Force, a component organization of the Department of Defense. ... A Brigadier General, or one-star general, is the lowest rank of general officer in the United States and some other countries, ranking just above Colonel and just below Major General. ... This is a list of Field Operating Agencies (FOA) in the United States Air Force that are active. ... The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Terrorist redirects here. ... Spy and Secret agent redirect here. ... The United States Department of Defense (DOD or DoD) is the federal department charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government relating directly to national security and the military. ...


AFOSI was founded August 1, 1948, at the suggestion of Congress to consolidate investigative activities in the Air Force. Secretary of the Air Force W. Stuart Symington created AFOSI and patterned it after the FBI. He appointed Special Agent Joseph Carroll, an assistant to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, as the first AFOSI commander and charged him with providing independent, unbiased and centrally directed investigations of criminal activity in the Air Force. August 1 is the 213th day of the year (214th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups (as of November 7, 2006 elections) Democratic Party Republican... The Secretary of the Air Force is the civilian head of the United States Department of the Air Force, a component organization of the Department of Defense. ... William Stuart Symington (June 26, 1901–December 14, 1988) was a U.S. businessman and political figure. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... Lt. ... John Edgar Hoover (January 1, 1895 – May 2, 1972) was an influential but controversial director of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). ...


The FOA focuses on four priorities:

  • Detect and provide early warning of worldwide threats to the US Air Force;
  • Identify and resolve crime impacting Air Force readiness or good order and discipline;
  • Combat threats to Air Force information systems and technologies; and
  • Defeat and deter fraud in the acquisition of Air Force prioritized weapons systems.

Contents

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Organization

In addition to the FOA's headquarters, AFOSI has eight field investigations regions. Seven of the Regions are aligned with Air Force major commands: The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ...

While the regions serve the investigative needs of those aligned major commands, all AFOSI units and personnel remain independent of those commands, and their chains of command flow directly to AFOSI headquarters. Such organizational independence is intended to ensure unbiased investigations. Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) was created July 1, 1992 through the reorganization of Air Force Logistics Command and Air Force Systems Command. ... ACC bases and deploments The Air Combat Command (ACC) is a major command (MAJCOM) of the United States Air Force whose mission is to provide air combat forces (mostly aircraft), to other commands, including both commands within the Air Force as well as the United States Unified Combatant Commands that... Air Mobility Command (AMC) is a major command (MAJCOM) of the United States Air Force, and the air force component of United States Transportation Command. ... Air Education and Training Command (AETC), with headquarters at Randolph AFB near San Antonio, Texas, was established July 1, 1993, with the realignment of Air Training Command and Air University. ... Emblem of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe. ... Emblem of the U.S. Air Forces Pacific The United States Pacific Air Forces (USPACAF or PACAF) is one of nine major U.S. Air Force commands and one of two located outside the continental United States, the other being U.S. Air Forces Europe. ... Air Force Space Command emblem Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) is a major command of the United States Air Force with headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, USA. It was created on September 1, 1982. ... This article deals with the military concept. ...


The single region not aligned with a major command is Region 7, the mission of which is to provide counterintelligence and security-program management for special access programs under the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. Counterintelligence or counter-espionage is the act of seeking and indentifying espionage activities. ... Special access programs (SAP) and special access budgets (SAB) are the Pentagons terminology when used to refer to black programs and black budgets, respectively. ...


At the regional level are subordinate units called field investigations squadrons, detachments and operating locations. In sum, AFOSI owns more than 160 units worldwide. A Squadron is a grouping of aircraft, naval vessels, armoured fighting vehicles or soldiers. ...


Operations

Threat detection

AFOSI manages offensive and defensive activities to detect, counter and destroy the effectiveness of hostile intelligence services and terrorist groups that target the Air Force. These efforts include investigating the crimes of espionage, terrorism, technology transfer and computer infiltration. This mission aspect also includes providing personal protection to senior Air Force leaders and other officials, as well as supervising an extensive antiterrorism program in geographic areas of heightened terrorist activity. ... This article describes how security can be achieved through design and engineering. ... This chart displays the United States Air Force officer rank insignia. ...


Criminal investigations

The vast majority of AFOSI's investigative activities pertain to felony crimes including murder, robbery, rape, assault, major burglaries, drug use and trafficking, sex offenses, arson, compromise of Air Force test materials, black market activities, and other criminal activities. For the record label, see Felony Records The term felony is a term used in common law systems for very serious crimes, whereas misdemeanors are considered to be less serious offenses. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into underground economy. ...


Economic crime investigations

A significant amount of AFOSI investigative resources are assigned to fraud (or economic crime) investigations. These include violations of the public trust involving Air Force contracting matters, appropriated and nonappropriated funds activities, computer systems, pay and allowance matters, environmental matters, acquiring and disposing of Air Force property, and major administrative irregularities. AFOSI uses fraud surveys to determine the existence, location and extent of fraud in Air Force operations or programs. It also provides briefings to base and command-level resource managers to help identify and prevent fraud involving Air Force or DOD resources.


Information operations

The Air Force is now countering a global security threat to its information systems. The AFOSI's role in support of Information Operations attempts to recognize future threats to the Air Force, and its response to these threats will occur in cyberspace. AFOSI's support to Information Operations comes in many facets. AFOSI's computer crime investigators provide rapid worldwide response to intrusions into Air Force systems. Computer crime, cybercrime, e-crime, hi-tech crime or electronic crime generally refers to criminal activity where a computer or network is the tool, target, or place of a crime. ...


Technology protection

The desires of potential adversaries to acquire or mimic the technological advances of the U.S. Air Force have heightened the need to protect critical Air Force technologies and collateral data. The AFOSI Research and Technology Protection Program provides focused, comprehensive counterintelligence and core mission investigative services to safeguard Air Force technologies, programs, critical program information, personnel and facilities.


Specialized services

AFOSI has numerous specialists who are invaluable in the successful resolution of investigations. They include technical specialists, polygraphers, behavioral scientists, computer experts and forensic advisers. Polygraph results are sometimes recorded on a chart recorder A polygraph (commonly yet incorrectly referred to as a lie detector) is a device that measures and records several physiological variables such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration and skin conductivity while the subject is asked and answers a series of questions. ... Behavioural sciences (or Behavioral science) is a term that encompasses all the disciplines that explore the activities of and interactions among organisms in the natural world. ... Forensics or forensic science is the application of science to questions which are of interest to the legal system. ...


Defense Cyber Crime Center

AFOSI is the DOD executive agent for both the Defense Computer Forensics Laboratory, the Defense Cyber Crime Institute, and the Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy, which together comprise the Defense Cyber Crime Center. The forensics laboratory provides counterintelligence, criminal, and fraud computer-evidence processing, analysis, and diagnosis to DOD investigations. The investigations training program provides training in computer investigations and computer forensics to DOD investigators and examiners.


Antiterrorism teams

Created out of a need to meet the increasing challenges presented by worldwide terrorism, AFOSI antiterrorism teams are maintained around the globe. These highly trained and specialized AFOSI units are ready on a moment's notice to deploy globally to provide antiterrorism, counterintelligence information collections and investigative services to Air Force personnel and units.


Training and Physical Requirements

All new AFOSI special agent recruits -- whether officer (active duty and reserve), enlisted (active duty and reserve) or civilian -- receive their entry-level training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynn County, Georgia. Candidates attend a mandatory, 11-week Criminal Investigator Training Program with other federal law enforcement trainees. That course is followed by an 8-week AFOSI agency-specific coursework. Both courses offer new agents training in firearms and other weapons, defensive tactics, forensics, surveillance and surveillance detection, antiterrorism techniques, crime scene processing, interrogations and interviews, court testimony, and military and federal law. Upon graduation, new AFOSI special agents spend a one-year probationary period in the field. Upon successful completion, some agents receive specialized training in economic crime, antiterrorism service, counterintelligence, computer crimes and other sophisticated criminal investigative capabilities. Others attend 12 weeks of technical training to acquire electronic, photographic and other skills required to perform technical surveillance countermeasures. Experienced agents selected for polygraph duties attend a 14-week DOD course. The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) serves as an interagency law enforcement training organization for 82 United States Federal agencies. ... Glynn County is a county located in the state of Georgia. ... A firearm is a kinetic energy weapon that fires either a single or multiple projectiles propelled at high velocity by the gases produced by action of the rapid confined burning of a propellant. ... In law and in religion, testimony is a solemn attestation as to the truth of a matter. ... The United States Code (U.S.C.) is a compilation and codification of the general and permanent federal Law of the United States. ...


Each recruit is expected to participate in each of the following exercises: flexibility, bench press, 1.5 mile run/walk, and agility run. All students are tested to determine their fitness level, and each test is age and gender normed. AFOSI special agents are expected to remain physically fit throughout their employment and are allowed five hours of duty time per week to participate in physical fitness activities. A soldier from the U.S. Army performs a 345 lb (156 kg) bench press The bench press is a form of weightlifting which primarily focuses on the development of the pectoral or chest muscles. ...


See also

It has been suggested that Gendarmerie be merged into this article or section. ... Jeffrey Carney - Former U.S. Air Force intelligence specialist convicted of spying for East Germany. ...

External links

  • Official website

  Results from FactBites:
 
Air Force Office of Special Investigations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1104 words)
Inspector General, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force
AFOSI identifies, investigates and neutralizes criminal, terrorist, and espionage threats to personnel and resources of the Air Force and Department of Defense.
AFOSI was founded August 1, 1948, at the suggestion of Congress to consolidate investigative activities in the Air Force.
Air Force: Special Agent (197 words)
Special Agents are involved with the planning and conducting of investigations relating to alleged and/or suspected violations of US laws, and laws according to the Uniformed Code of Military Justice.
Special Agents are involved with conducting inspections, investigations, protective services, counterterrorism services and counterintelligence support relating to the Department of the Air Force.
Special Agents are also responsible for counterintelligence activities and fraud that threatens the Department of the Air Force.
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