Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 3/28/2007 04:36:00 PM

U.S. Director of National Intelligence Releases the "National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America"

By Todd
The foreward to this release, published today, declares "The United States faces substantial challenges to its security, freedom, and prosperity." Heady stuff. Of particular interest to this blog's readers will be the section, beginning on page 4 of the release, regarding the protection of U.S. economic advantage, trade secrets and know how.

The release provides that "We must assist in the identification and protection of the nation's vital assets that reside in myriad elements of the US government, the private sector, and academia, and whose significance may be unknown even to those who control them. Collaboration between these parties and counterintelligence, law enforcement, and security officials is crucial to identify those targets of interest to our nation's adversaries. It is also crucial to identify information that, if known to an adversary, would probably be targeted and the loss or compromise of which would be damaging to the nation's security. Counterintelligence elements will work with law enforcement and security to develop, sustain, and leverage knowledge of our adversaries' strategies, collection priorities, intentions, and technical needs, and we will translate this knowledge into proposed collection requirements. We will also provide threat information and warning to vital asset owners, include those outside the US government."

This release is a fascinating read and suggests the federal government and law enforcement is interested in partnering with US companies to ensure that intellectual property assets that are ours remain ours. We will continue to monitor the responses to this release for our readers.

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