Protecting the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage is the FBI's #2 priority.


  • National Strategy for Counterintelligence focuses resources on counterproliferation, counterespionage, and protection of critical national assets
  • Field office counterintelligence programs evaluated using metrics tied to the National Strategy
  • Counterespionage Section established to focus and consolidate espionage investigations
  • Investigations focused on non-traditional ("asymmetric") foreign intelligence threats
  • Enhanced vetting and validation of human sources
  • Received concurrent jurisdiction to investigate violations of certain munitions and export control laws


  • Steady enhancements in counterintelligence agent workforce since 2002 (exact percentage of workforce is classified)
  • Established counterintelligence squads in all 56 field offices
  • Expanded the Counterintelligence Training Center; doubled the number of trained CI professionals

Information Sharing

  • Dramatic increase in production of Intelligence Information Reports and strategic studies since 2002
  • Analytical products available through secure Intelligence Community website and the National Counterintelligence Executive since 2003
  • FBI can now provide nationally comprehensive counterintelligence threat analysis to the U.S. Government
  • National CI Working Group, an inter-agency group of 25 CI leaders, coordinates CI operations at the national level
  • Regional inter-agency CI working groups throughout the U.S. implement the National Strategy by reviewing joint operations, identifying priorities and trends, and providing a general forum for agency de-confliction
  • Joint FBI-DOD technology protection task forces protect specific weapons systems such as the Joint Strike Fighter
  • "Agents in the Lab" in specific DOE facilities raise CI awareness and broaden the FBI's access to intelligence within the labs
  • Domain Section focuses on building relationships in business and academia