Intelligence Research Specialist, ICE
After three years at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, Intelligence Research Specialist, Kirstin Grote jumped on the opportunity to work in the field through a temporary duty assignment in Kabul, Afghanistan as a member of ICE’s Program Global Shield (PGS) counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) team.
In Kabul, Grote works alongside a diligent and dedicated team of agents and analysts to assist the global community in raising awareness of and tracking dual-use precursor chemicals used in IEDs. She serves as a liaison between ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Department of Defense in-country components, ensuring the two agencies share information regarding the flow of IED dual-use products into Afghanistan. This collaboration has resulted in the successful seizure of these potentially destructive precursor chemicals.
The international community has made significant progress in protecting the global supply chain through PGS, which was launched in 2011 in collaboration with the World Customs Organization, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Interpol. As of May 2013, PGS has accounted for 57 seizures of chemical precursors totaling more than 178 metric tons related to the illicit diversion of these chemicals.