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Definition/Scope: Information gathered and activities conducted to protect against espionage, other intelligence activities, sabotage, or assassinations conducted by or on behalf of foreign governments or elements thereof, foreign organizations, or foreign persons, or international terrorist activities. 2) Activities concerned with identifying and counteracting the security threat posed by hostile intelligence services or organizations, or by individuals engaged in espionage, sabotage, subversion or terrorism. Counterintelligence is the business of identifying and dealing with foreign intelligence threats to the United States. Its core concern is the intelligence services of foreign states and similar organizations of non-state actors, such as transnational terrorist groups. Counterintelligence has both a defensive mission—protecting the nation’s secrets and assets against foreign intelligence penetration—and an offensive mission—finding out what foreign intelligence organizations are planning to better defeat their aims.

Used For:

multidisciplined counterintelligence



Broader Terms:

Battlefield Surveillance Brigade
Captains Career Course Military Intelligence
intelligence and electronic warfare
intelligence and electronic warfare support element
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
National Counterintelligence Executive
National Counterintelligence Strategy

Narrower Terms:

counterintelligence investigations
Foreign Counterintelligence Program
personnel security investigations
security intelligence
Threat Awareness and Reporting Program

Related Terms:

assets (intelligence)
black lists
counter intelligence/human intelligence support elements
domestic intelligence
grey lists
human intelligence
intelligence collection
intelligence disciplines
measurement and signature intelligence
National Security Agency
street sweeps
technical surveillance countermeasures
white lists

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