Washington: United States has said it would pursue an aggressive counter-intelligence strategy that would not only include government resources but also reach out to the academia and private sector.
The 2007 National Counter Intelligence Strategy Report prepared by the Office of National Intelligence, spoke of dangers to US from enemies targeting industry and academica and extremist movements across the globe.
Prepared under the leadership of James McConnel, the report said, “In order to better fulfill the mission of identifying, assessing and countering the intelligence threats to the nation, we must reach outward to private sector and general public.
“By engaging the private sector and academia in meaningful dialogue, there is much we can learn, and in turn provide a mechanism to coordinate public dissemination of information on intelligence threats to the nation,” the report said.
According to the report, the private sector and academica could end up becoming “soft targets” for foreign intelligence personnel.
Foreign intelligence activities extend beyond targets in the intelligence community and other US national security structures. The private sector and academia are fertile breeding ground for advanced scientific discovery, cutting-edge technology and advanced research and development that make them irresistible ‘soft targets´.