counterintelligence espionage case study

You are an intelligence analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) assigned to the Counterintelligence (CI) Division. The FBI’s CI Division has been involved in the field of CI for decades. During this period, the CI division has conducted thousands of CI investigations, many of which have had a major impact on the history and national security of the United States. It is important as an intelligence analyst with the CI Division to have a clear understanding of these cases and to learn from both its past CI successes and failures.

You have been asked by your supervisor to research major espionage cases to produce an intelligence assessment from a historical perspective that will help to recognize anomalies that might indicate the presence of espionage and assist in the neutralization process in the future.

Assignment Guidelines

  • For this assignment, you must write a counterintelligence case study, approximately 1,000 words in length, on one of the following major espionage cases:
    • Robert P. Hanssen
    • Aldrich H. Ames
    • Ana B. Montes
    • John A. Walker
  • For your selected case study, you will address the following in detail:
    • Who
      • What was this person’s personal background?
      • What was this person’s professional background?
      • Were there any accomplices? If so, explain.
      • Which foreign powers were involved?
    • When
      • When did the espionage begin?
      • For how long did the espionage continue?
      • When was the spy apprehended?
    • Where
      • Where did the espionage take place?
        • Consider military intelligence, U.S. soil, agency/rank, and so on.
    • What
      • What information was being leaked?
      • For what purposes could that information have been used?
    • How
      • How was the information taken from U.S. facilities or databases? Explain in detail.
      • How was the information delivered to the foreign power or powers? Explain.
      • How was the spy apprehended? Explain.
    • Why
      • What was the motivation for the espionage? Explain.
    • Answer the following questions as well:
      • What lessons were learned after the selected case concluded?
      • What impact did this particular case have on U.S. policies and operational standards?
        • Consider successful and unsuccessful investigative techniques, implications, and recommendations.
  • Compile your responses in your final case study, and submit the file to your instructor.
  • All sources must be referenced using APA style.