Counterintelligence Field Activity

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The mission of the Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) is "identification and tracking of terrorists and production of CI threat assessments and advisories and risk assessments in support of DoD force protection and critical infrastructure protection efforts, and tailored analytical and data-mining support to DoD CI field elements and agencies and the Service secretaries. These 'knowledge products' provide a foundation for actions that can be taken to mitigate risks and enhance the security of U.S. persons, and critical operations, resources, and technologies. Central to CIFA operations is close collaboration and partnering with other organizations in the national intelligence and investigative community. CIFA is now furnishing a counterintelligence support team to assist the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)-led Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force and is orchestrating the permanent assignment of DoD law enforcement and counterintelligence agents and analysts to the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Forces throughout the United States. These personnel will collect and analyze terrorist threat and criminal information and participate in the investigation of international terrorist incidents having a DoD link."[1]

  • "CIFA has a significant role to play, given its unique tools, technology, data exploitation capabilities, and experience in identifying previously unknown or suspected terrorists."
  • "CIFA provides terrorist threat tracking support to a Justice Department effort, with personnel of both organizations working side-by-side."
  • "DoD Force Protection Detachments. Established as a direct result of the COLE Commission findings and under the cognizance of CIFA, these detachments will be located in twenty locations worldwide, where DoD personnel and units regularly transit but where DoD does not maintain a permanent presence."

CIFA is part of the Strategic Intelligence Directorate (SCID).

Expansion of authority

"The White House is considering expanding the power of a little-known Pentagon agency called the Counterintelligence Field Activity, or CIFA, which was created three years ago. The proposal, made by a presidential commission, would transform CIFA from an office that coordinates Pentagon security efforts -- including protecting military facilities from attack -- to one that also has authority to investigate crimes within the United States such as treason, foreign or terrorist sabotage or even economic espionage," Walter Pincus reported November 27, 2005, in the Washington Post.[2]

Joint Protection Enterprise Network (JPEN)


Counterintelligence and Law Enforcement Center

"To execute the responsibilities and functions assigned under paragraph 6.2.9 of DoD Directive 5105.67[3], the Director of the Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) has formed a Counterintelligence and Law Enforcement Center (CILEC) to provide continuous situational awareness of ongoing DoD counterintelligence and law enforcement activities throughout the world. The CIFA Chief Information Officer (CIO) is charged with providing an information technology enterprise that enables the Director to execute all of the responsibilities and functions assigned by DoD Directive 5105.67."[4]


CIFA records

Records source categories

"Investigative, operational, and/or analytical files of DoD and other Federal agencies with counterintelligence, intelligence, law enforcement, security, protective, or related responsibilities. Information collected by CIFA from public or commercial sources in compliance with DoD authorities."[5]

Access procedure

"Individuals seeking to determine whether information about themselves is contained in this system of records should address written inquiries to the Privacy and Freedom of Information Coordinator, Counterintelligence Field Activity, 251 18th Street, Suite 1200, Arlington, VA 22202–3537. Requests should contain the individual’s name, date of birth, sufficient information to determine the type of records being sought, and the approximate date the records might have been created."[6]

CIFA defense contractors

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