STRATEGIC COUNTERINTELLIGENCE: AN APPROACH TO ENGAGING SECURITY THREATS TO AMERICAN SECURITY
Gaitan, John P.
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The US Intelligence Community has shown a lack of understanding and appreciation of counterintelligence and its capabilities as a strategic tool. Historically, US adversaries have used the famed Double-Cross System to engage in counterintelligence and counter-espionage operations that have effectively neutralized US foreign intelligence operations. This research reviews and answers the question of “Strategic Counterintelligence; What Is It and What Should We Do About it?” Strategic counterintelligence is the analysis of foreign intelligence or security service entity acting on behalf of state or non-state actor. The operational aspect is aimed at exploiting the state or non-state actor’s clandestine collection channel to manage the actor’s objectives. My deception research revealed that state and non-state actors are still susceptible to deception, and that technology is increasing this vulnerability in the US. Through researched historical examples, it was found that strategic counterintelligence operations are a method of imposing costs on a state or non-state actor, specifically through the controlled release of technology. Lastly, Double-Cross-like operations are viable in cyberspace through the use of decoy and real network systems. The US has the ability to effectively employ strategic counterintelligence operations, deliberately and reactively, against a state or non-state actor, to drive the actor’s moves and countermoves.