FBI Counterintelligence and Counterespionage Protection Measures

FBI Counterintelligence and Counterespionage Protection Measures

This paper focuses on the case of Robert Hanssen, an FBI agent who was convicted in 2001 for providing classified intelligence to the Soviet Union and Russia. View the film, The Breach[1] and read the following:

I am also attaching the unclassified report of the Department of Justice’s investigation of security procedures at the FBI in light of the Hanssen case (optional reading).

Based on the readings and the video, answer the following questions in a 3-5 page paper. This should be a coherent essay, with an introduction and a conclusion, not four separate answers.

Be sure to use endnotes in the Chicago style for all references. Model notes can be found at the end of this document and you should cite the sources exactly like this. Footnotes will be acceptable as long as your paper is at least 3.5 pages long.

Information about the Chicago style also is posted in the module. If you don’t know how to do this style of citation you should make an appointment to see the Political Science tutor, David Tonda, for assistance. Make an appointment with him through this link: https://davidtondamsu.youcanbook.me/ (Links to an external site.).

Students who cite the material improperly should expect to lose at least 10 points from their paper grade. Proper sourcing is crucial for intelligence work and for your own work in this class.

This paper is due on Thursday, November 5th. I keep the assignment open through the 11th but you will lose 5 points per day for lateness.

  1. How does The Breach illustrate the tasks of counterintelligence as described in Chapter 7 of Lowenthal? [2]
  2. What counterespionage techniques, as described in Shulsky and Schmitt,[3] were used to gather conclusive evidence on Robert Hanssen’s activities as a double agent?
  3. How did Hanssen and the FBI operatives seeking to convict him use deception, as outlined in Shulsky and Schmitt?
  4. Now that the focus of counterintelligence has been expanded to include a broader range of threats from state and non-state actors, have the tasks of counterintelligence changed or are there certain enduring principles? In your answer, refer to “The Ten Commandments of Counterintelligence.”

[1] The Breach, directed by Billy Ray (Universal Pictures, 2007), 01:01:01 [insert time frame in your citation, i.e. point in film where the cited information comes from].

The film can be rented for $2.99 at Amazon Instant movie and is available on AppleTV, and AMC on Demand, among other sites http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RVP7YQ?ref_=imdbref_tt_wbr_aiv_t1&tag=imdbtag_tt_wbr_aiv_t1-20. (Links to an external site.)

[2] Mark M. Lowenthal, Intelligence from Secrets to Policy, Eighth Edition (Thousand Oaks: CQ Press, 2020), page.

[3] Abram N. Shulsky and Gary J. Schmitt, Silent Warfare: Understanding the World of Intelligence, Third Edition, (Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, Inc., 2002), page.


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