Mr. Rochford came to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in August 2004 as the Director of the Oak Ridge Office of Counterintelligence. Under Mr. Rochford's oversight, the Oak Ridge Office of Counterintelligence is responsible for implementing the national Counterintelligence Program for all Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) contractor companies that report through the DOE Oak Ridge Office (ORO) and the Y-12 Site Office. The Oak Ridge Office of Counterintelligence investigates and makes investigative referrals regarding possible foreign intelligence and/or terrorist activities that might target DOE programs, employees, technologies, or facilities.
From 2007 - August 2010 Mr. Rochford took on additional responsibilities as Director of the Oak Ridge Field Intelligence Element (FIE). The FIE supports the intelligence needs of the U.S. DOE and provides a conduit for making Oak Ridge DOE technical capabilities available to the Intelligence Community. Under Mr. Rochford's leadership, the Oak Ridge Office of Counterintelligence along with the FBI Oak Ridge Resident Agency in November 2009 was awarded the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation by Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair. The award recognized the "exceptional service" of these offices from January 2007 to January 2009 during which two high-profile criminal prosecutions were brought to resolution. Roy Lynn Oakley, charged with unlawful disclosure of Restricted Data under the Atomic Energy Act, was sentenced to six years in prison for trying to sell to the French uranium enrichment equipment he had stolen while an employee at the former K-25 Plant, a DOE facility. Dr. John Reece Roth received a 48-month prison sentence for violating the Arms Export Control Act by conspiring to illegally export, and then actually exporting, technical information to a citizen of the People's Republic of China that related to a U.S. military contract.
Before coming to ORNL, Mr. Rochford spent 30 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), starting as a file clerk, then a Russian translator, and finally serving for more than 25 years as a Special Agent investigator, focusing on espionage and counterintelligence. He played a key role in several high-profile espionage cases including those of Aldrich Hazen Ames and Robert P. Hanssen, both of whom are now serving life sentences in U.S. Federal penitentiaries.
In May 2002, he created the FBI’s Espionage Section and served as its chief, managing all espionage investigations worldwide. Mr. Rochford earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from American University, in Washington, D.C. He has completed intensive studies in Russian language at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. He received the Attorney General's Award from the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement from the Central Intelligence Agency for his investigative role in the Robert P. Hanssen case.