FBI Director Robert Mueller has appointed Robert Anderson Jr. assistant director of the counterintelligence division at the bureau’s headquarters, the FBI announced Friday.
Since 2011, Anderson has served as the division’s deputy assistant director of operations and has also served as a supervisor and unit chief in the division for previous assignments.
As a supervisor, he coordinated several espionage cases with the Energy Department’s nuclear weapons laboratories.
As unit chief, he managed nuclear proliferation and espionage investigations including one in San Francisco that led to the arrests of 16 people for dual-use technology transfers, the bureau said..
In 2010, he was assigned to the Washington field office as a special agent for the intelligence division.
The previous year, he served as acting special agent in charge of the Albuquerque division for three months.
In 2008, he was appointed chief of the counterespionage section at the FBI headquarters, where he led the investigation against Harold James Nicholson, a twice-convicted spy for a Russian intelligence agency.
Anderson became the assistant special agent for the Washington field office’s counterespionage branch in 2007, where his cases included an arrest, prosecution and imprisonment of a U.S. citizen performing espionage for China.
In 2004, he was selected supervisor of FBI’s global foreign counterintelligence and espionage squads
Anderson was also assigned to the Hostage Rescue Team in 1997 and deployed for mission in more than 20 countries.
He first joined FBI in 1995 and was first assigned in the Washington field office to investigate narcotics and violent crimes.
Before joining the bureau, he served as a Delaware state trooper for nine years, where he received that state’s Trooper of the Year award in 1989 and became a pilot and paramedic in 1990.
In July, Mueller named Richard McFeely an executive assistant director to help address criminal and cyber threats to national security.