Proactive activities designed to identify, exploit,neutralize, or deter foreign intelligence collection and terrorist activities directed against the Department of Defense (DOD). Operations are conducted to: manipulate, disrupt, neutralize, and/or destroy the effectiveness of foreign intelligence activities; recruit or induce defection offoreign intelligence officers and personnel; collect threat information on foreign intelligence operations, modusoperandi, intelligence requirements, targeting, objectives, personalities, communications, capabilities, limitations,and vulnerabilities; provide information and operations databases to support decision makers; provide counterintelligence (CI) support to clandestine human intelligence operations; identify post, ongoing, or planned espionage; support force protection, operations other than war, and peacekeeping; acquire foreign intelligence espionage equipment for analysis and countermeasures development; develop operational data, threat data, and espionage leads for future CI operations, investigations, and projects and develop the potential of these leads to enhance DOD security overall; and support specific Chairman of the Joint Chiefs ofStaff, DOD, and national plans. See also counterintelligence; operation.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.