INT 400 Counterintelligence

This course provides an introduction to counterintelligence, one of the four principal elements of intelligence. The purpose of counterintelligence is to prevent foreign intelligence operatives from penetrating one’s own security services, an extraordinarily complex task that requires exceptional analytical and human skills. Students will learn to distinguish the conceptual distinctions between traditional law enforcement approaches to counterintelligence, which focus more narrowly on the surveillance and arrest of foreign intelligence operatives, and the subtler and Machiavellian approach geared toward “turning” such operatives into “double agents” who can then be used covertly to manipulate their host agencies.