On February 10, 2020, the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) unveiled the National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America 2020-2022, outlining a new approach to counterintelligence to address threats that have evolved significantly since the last strategy in 2016.
According to the strategy, which was signed by President Trump on January 7, 2020 and is available at www.ncsc.gov, three principal trends characterize today’s counterintelligence threat landscape.
- The number of threat actors targeting the U.S. is growing
- These threat actors have increasingly sophisticated intelligence capabilities and technologies at their disposal,
- Threat actors are using these enhanced capabilities against an expanded set of targets and vulnerabilities.
Additionally, the 2020-2022 strategy goes beyond these traditional government-centric missions to focus on critical infrastructure, key U.S. supply chains, the U.S. economy, American democratic institutions, and cyber and technical operations. It is in these areas where the strategy says investment in capabilities and resources are required to strengthen national security.
The strategy’s five strategic objectives are:
- Protect the nation’s critical infrastructure
- Reduce threats to key U.S. supply chains
- Counter the exploitation of the U.S. economy
- Defend American democracy against foreign influence threats
- Counter foreign intelligence cyber and technical operations