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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence – A Counterintelligence Perspective: Part IV

In my first post in this series, I wrote that one definition of artificial intelligence (AI) is a machine that thinks. But is it? Several people with technical backgrounds in the AI field reached out to me after reading that post. One comment I received that I found striking is that AI is neither A nor I. Instead, it is just computer code. Nothing is thinking; a computer is just following directions. And AI is just inputs to outputs for a goal.


What the National Counterintelligence and Security Center Really Said About Chinese Economic Espionage

Defense News recently published a story describing a July report from the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) on “Foreign Economic Espionage in Cyberspace.” The article presents the NCSC report as warning that the threat posed by Chinese industrial cyber theft to America’s long-term economic power continues to expand, despite the Obama-Xi agreemen


Accused Spy Kevin Mallory Goes to Trial

On Wednesday morning, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Judge T.S. Ellis III presided over opening arguments in the espionage trial of former U.S. intelligence officer Kevin Mallory. Last summer, a grand jury returned an indictment against Mallory for turning over classified information to aid a foreign power in violation of the Espionage Act and lying to the FBI about it.

The Russia Connection

Law Enforcement as a Counterintelligence Tool

A few years ago, shortly after stepping down as Assistant Attorney General for National Security, I published a long article called Law Enforcement as a Counterterrorism Tool. As its title suggests, the article’s central thesis was that law enforcement methods are useful in combating international terrorism. I did not try to make the case that law enforcement is the only, or even necessarily the best, way of combating terrorism.


Sessions Admits Justice Department Not Acting on Russia Threat to US Elections

Last week on our Foreign Policy feed, we noted a significant but overlooked moment during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Wednesday: Attorney General Jeff Sessions could not tell senators how the Justice Deparment is addressing past and possible future Russian interference in U.S. elections. The piece begins:


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