Robert C. Hodges

Robert Hodges is the Law Enforcement and Intelligence Community Liaison in the Office for Bombing Prevention in the Department of Homeland Security.  He is an experienced Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Subject Matter Expert.  Mr. Hodges retired from the United States Air Force, after 30 years of service, as a Chief Master Sergeant.  He has served as an EOD operator in the CONUS, Europe, and the Pacific with an extensive combat deployment history as an EOD operator, EOD Staff Action Officer, and C-IED Planner to several locations in Europe and South West Asia.  His most recent deployments were in support of the C-IED Task Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Mr. Hodges has BA degree in Homeland Security from American Military University (AMU), an AS degree from the Community College of the Air Force in EOD, and he is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Intelligence Studies with AMU.

The expanding terrorist footprint in Bangladesh may result in the small nation becoming an Islamic militant sanctuary and a launching pad for future transnational terrorist attacks.

Without international support from Western nations and friendly neighboring states, the future of Libya is sure to be at the will of al-Baghdadi and ISL.

Americans as a whole, do not fully understand the current IED attack capabilities and the threat posed to the U.S.