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Former NCIS agent to discuss closing of Guantanamo Bay at URI Forensic Science Seminar March 27

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I.- March 24 - Jeffrey Norwitz of the U.S. Naval War College will discuss “Closing Guantanamo: What Comes Next” at the University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar Series.

The discussion will take place on Friday, March 27, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Pastore Hall, 51 Lower College Road, Room 124. The seminars are free and open to public.

Special Agent Norwitz, a professor of national security studies at the War College, is a former member of the Army Military Police Corps where he oversaw nuclear weapons security. Following that service, he has been working with the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service since 1985. From 2003-2004 while serving as an NCIS agent, Norwitz was assigned to Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay to interview Al-Queda and Taliban fighters.

Norwitz received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University in criminal justice. After completing college he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Military Police Corps and then was promoted to lieutenant after completing Airborne School.

Norwitz was awarded the Department of the Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Medal for his highly classified national security work. He received another Meritorious Civilian Service Medal for intelligence and counterterrorism work during Operation Desert Fox in 1998. He has also published many articles in prominent military publications such as Military Review and Journal of Home land Security. Norwitz lectures throughout the country on issues relating to terrorism, intelligence, and homeland security.