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Website: http://www.dodig.mil/INV/DCIS/


The Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) is the criminal investigative arm of the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
Mission
The mission of the DCIS is to "protect America's Warfighters" by conducting investigations in support of crucial National Defense priorities.
Agents and investigators
DCIS criminal investigators are Special Agents with full federal law enforcement authority; they carry firearms, investigate violations of U.S. law, execute search and arrest warrants, serve subpoenas, etc. DCIS Special Agents also investigate offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
Activities
The DoD Inspector General is tasked by statute to "initiate, conduct, and supervise such … investigations in the Department of Defense (including the military departments) as the Inspector General considers appropriate" (IG Act §8(c)(2)) and to "give particular regard to the activities of the internal . . investigative units of the military departments with a view toward avoiding duplication and insuring effective coordination and cooperation" (IG Act §8(c)(9)).
The DCIS devotes investigative resources to a number of investigative programs including:
· Terrorism
· Product Substitution (selling counterfeit or inferior parts to the DoD)
· Other contract fraud
· Cyber Crimes/Computer Intrusion
· Technology Transfers (illegal export of defense technology)
· Other Categories of Fraud (e.g., Bribery, kickbacks, Public Corruption and Major Thefts)


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March 16, 2007 – Special Agents from the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized four F-14 “Tomcat” fighter planes near Los Angeles, CA, earlier this month.