About the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC)
The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) is part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and is staffed by senior counterintelligence (CI) and other specialists from across the national intelligence and security communities. The NCSC develops, coordinates, and produces:
National Threat Identification and Prioritization Assessment (NTIPA) and other analytic CI products.
The National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America.
Priorities for CI collection, investigations, and operations.
CI program budgets and evaluations that reflect strategic priorities.
In-depth espionage damage assessments.
CI awareness, outreach, and training standards policies.
What is Counterintelligence?
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.
As defined in Executive Order 12333, Counterintelligence is information gathered and activities conducted to identify, deceive, exploit, disrupt, or protect against espionage, other intelligence activities, sabotage, or assassinations conducted for or on behalf of foreign powers, organizations, or persons, or their agents, or international terrorist organizations or activities.
Security programs and activities defend against threats discovered through counterintelligence activities - the plans, operations, and capabilities of organizations intent upon subversive activities against the United States. Counterintelligence activities advance our knowledge of adversarial threats and strengthen our ability to counter these threats through effective security measures.