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The branch of an intelligence service charged with keeping sensitive information from an enemy, deceiving that enemy, preventing subversion and sabotage, and collecting political and military information.


1. (Military) activities designed to frustrate enemy espionage
2. (Military) intelligence collected about enemy espionage


(ˌkaʊn tər ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒəns)

1. the activity of an intelligence service engaged in thwarting the subversive or intelligence-gathering efforts of a foreign power.
2. an organization engaged in counterintelligence.


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. Also called CI. See also counterespionage; countersabotage; countersubversion; security; security intelligence.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.counterintelligence - intelligence activities concerned with identifying and counteracting the threat to security posed by hostile intelligence organizations or by individuals engaged in espionage or sabotage or subversion or terrorism
counterespionage - spying on the spies
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
security intelligence - intelligence on the identity and capability and intentions of hostile individuals or organizations that may be engaged in espionage or sabotage or subversion or terrorism
censoring, censorship, security review - counterintelligence achieved by banning or deleting any information of value to the enemy
intelligence activity, intelligence operation, intelligence - the operation of gathering information about an enemy
countersubversion - the aspect of counterintelligence designed to detect and prevent subversive activities
counter-sabotage - counterintelligence designed to detect and counteract sabotage
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The Espionage Research Institute International (ERII) today announced registration is open for the 2015 Annual Counterespionage Conference, an event for technical surveillance countermeasures (TSCM), counterintelligence and counterespionage professionals worldwide.
Companies chosen for the award demonstrate a continuous and ongoing counterintelligence program integrated throughout the company and contribute the most to protecting vital national security information.
officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying on behalf of foreign governments.
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Sophisticated organizations, both past and present, such as al Qaeda, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA), Egyptian Islamic Group (IG), and Fatah all use a variety of techniques described throughout this book to evade their adversaries' most effective counterintelligence methods, and it is these four groups the case studies represent.
The technology base of the United States is under constant attack," a new report by the Counterintelligence Directorate of the Pentagon's Defense Security Service says.
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In September of 2008, Patterson accepted the position of deputy director of the Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence (also known as HUMINT) Center.
She stressed that they would continue to implement reforms in the other segments, especially as regards the Security and Counterintelligence Department.
According to reports from counterintelligence personnel, the woman married a South Korean in China before coming to the South in 2001.
The defence department said it had "disestablished" the Counterintelligence Field Activity office (Cifa), which managed defence work against intelligence threats from other nations and groups such as al-Qaeda.
Historical Dictionary of Cold War Counterintelligence

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