Decision makers matching wits with an adversary want
intelligence -- good, relevant information to help them win.
Intelligence can gain these advantages through directed research
and analysis, agile collection, and the timely use of guile and
theft. Counterintelligence is the art and practice of defeating
these endeavors. Its purpose is the same as that of positive
intelligence -- to gain advantage -- but it does so by exploiting,
disrupting, denying, or manipulating the intelligence activities of
others. The tools of counterintelligence include security systems,
deception, and disguise: vaults, mirrors, and masks.
In one indispensable volume, top practitioners and scholars in
the field explain the importance of counterintelligence today and
explore the causes of -- and practical solutions for -- U.S.
counterintelligence weaknesses. These experts stress the importance
of developing a sound strategic vision in order to improve U.S.
counterintelligence and emphasize the challenges posed by
technological change, confused purposes, political culture, and
bureaucratic rigidity. "Vaults, Mirrors, and Masks" skillfully
reveals that robust counterintelligence is vital to ensuring
Published in cooperation with the Center for Peace and Security
Studies and the George T. Kalaris Memorial Fund, Edmund A. Walsh
School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.
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