Support to Countering Foreign Intelligence

The explosive growth of technology continues to give hostile intelligence services unparalleled access to information that has markedly increased the complexity of the counterintelligence mission. The Intelligence Community conducts counterintelligence activities to protect the political, economic, and military security of the nation. It also seeks to protect the technology of US business and industry from foreign espionage. Moreover, terrorist and criminal groups are now employing many of the same techniques used by our traditional adversaries to penetrate US intelligence and obtain protected information.

  • The Foreign Denial and Deception Committee, in conjunction with CIA University, launched an unprecedented series of D&D training courses in direct support of the FBI. These courses, involving two full days of training, were conducted at four FBI Field Offices around the country and engaged hundreds of FBI analysts in their first experience with D&D training.

  • FDDC, in partnership with the Joint Military Intelligence College, inaugurated the D&D Advanced Studies Program. The program will certify Masters-level graduates with unique skills intended to form the cadre for counter-D&D analysis in the future. 

  • The NIO for Science and Technology addressed foreign intelligence cyber espionage activities in multiple meetings with Intelligence Community counterintelligence groups, the FBI, and Congress.

  • CIA strengthened its analytic effort on the threat of compromise of US technology, intelligence, and military operational plans.

  • The JAEIC prepared damage assessments on leaks to the press about North Korean reprocessing activities.

The Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (ONCIX) refocused and reinvigorated the drafting of the annual National Counterintelligence Strategy, requiring a new integrated approach to strategic counterintelligence planning at the national level.

  • ONCIX developed and delivered the initial draft of the National Threat Identification and Prioritization Assessment to the National Security Council.

  • ONCIX published and briefed the findings of the Hanssen, Havana, and King damage assessments and continued work on seven other damage assessments and three vulnerability studies.

  • ONCIX continued operation and enhancement of iCI—the counterintelligence (CI) community's system for sharing information electronically at the Top Secret/SCI level. A key enhancement was the creation of an area within iCI restricted to personnel involved in sensitive CI operations for email and electronic collaboration.

  • ONCIX sponsored a proof-of-concept pilot to demonstrate a secure and rapid capability for local authorities to transmit reports of suspicious activities to Federal authorities. The pilot involved personnel in seven states and local law enforcement organizations in Texas, Georgia, Colorado, and Illinois and was an extension of an Air Force Office of Special Investigations system.

  • ONCIX Training and Outreach Teams facilitated or conducted three Community-wide training courses:


    • "Strategic Approaches to Counterintelligence," which fosters interagency cooperation among intelligence and CI managers by examining core CI issues that affect US national policy as well as the missions, strengths, and weaknesses of individual agencies.

    • "Introduction to Counterintelligence Analysis," which provides formal, entry-level training in various analytic CI methodologies and applications and affords new CI analysts the opportunity to develop an appreciation for the diversity of the CI community.

    • "Introduction to Analytic Interviewing," which provides instruction in interviewing techniques and detecting deception and is designed specifically for case officers and investigators.


  • The ONCIX Outreach and Training Teams completed a comprehensive study of currently available CI training and devised an action plan for implementing a unified strategy for training and professional development in the CI discipline. The Outreach and Training Teams:


    • Conducted 12 regional counterintelligence awareness conferences.

    • Participated in 12 government and private sector seminars.

    • Produced and disseminated in excess of 35,000 copies of counterintelligence and security posters and publications.

    • Maintained website subscription for 4,500 individuals.


  • ONCIX Special Programs Branch (SPB) personnel sponsored and conducted three information-sharing forums to support the development of a national offensive CI operations strategy and to improve timeliness of coordination during ongoing operations. 

  • ONCIX developed partnerships across the US Government and private sector in a continuing effort to identify, assess the risk to, and protect critical national assets.

Posted: May 01, 2007 09:12 AM
Last Updated: Jan 03, 2012 12:56 PM