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Bomb Technicians: A Partnership Between FBI and Navy

As a certified bomb technician in the FBI’s San Diego Field Office, James Verdi is a long way from the battlefield. But he still rolls out regularly with a Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) unit—this one based on Coronado Island just outside San Diego.

Jul 02, 2013 01:00 PM

Bomb Technicians: A Partnership Between FBI and Navy

Special Agent James Verdi has traveled to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Horn of Africa to study battlefield explosives. The FBI bomb technician embedded with the military and applied his specialized skills there to find signatures and forensic material on bomb fragments and unexploded devices that helped the military piece together a clearer picture of its adversaries.

As a certified bomb technician in the Bureau’s San Diego Field Office, Verdi is a long way from the battlefield today. But he still rolls out regularly with a Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) unit—this one based on Coronado Island just outside San Diego.

“They invite us along on a lot of their training exercises to do range clearance operations,” said Verdi. “That teaches us the military ordnance side of the house: what bombs, artillery rounds, and munitions look like, so we can deal with them better if we see them.”

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