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Remarks by the National Counterintelligence Executive Dr. Joel F. Brenner at the 4th Annual Multi-INT Conference, Held by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement, Vienna, Virginia, February 24, 2009   [open pdf - 64KB]

There are the remarks by the National Counterintelligence Executive Dr. Joel F. Brenner at the 4th Annual Multi-INT Conference, held by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement, in Vienna, Virginia on February 24, 2009. From the text: "The DNI's mission is to integrate the nation's intelligence activities, and I do the same for counterintelligence. I said that our situation is 'unique' because we are the people who, by law, must keep certain information secret. That is, by law we must to a significant degree remain opaque. Yet we also have to provide information to a wider and wider audience outside the intelligence community but within the government, and in some cases outside the government. That is, by mission requirements and by policy, we must to a significant degree be transparent--to a selected audience. Managing this tension is what I'm going to talk about. It's a CI and security challenge of the first order, and meeting it requires us to do what in our sound-bite culture is a rare thing: That is, to keep more than one important idea in our heads at the same time. But before I launch into that, let me explain what counterintelligence does. Counterintelligence is the business of identifying and dealing with threats to the Untied States from the intelligence services of foreign states and similar organizations of non-state actors, such as al Qa'ida and the Lebanese Hizbollah. We have 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 up to in order to better defeat their aims."

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