Essay On Counterintelligence

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Army Counterintelligence (CI) field started in the Revolutionary War, when President George Washington first practiced the art of CI in the Continental Army. After the Revolutionary War, the government viewed the CI field as being necessary only during the time of war, and soon decommissioned the field. This method of activation and deactivation continued even throughout some of US history’s greatest wars: Indian War, War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, and World War II. With each activation CI agents would push their capabilities and accomplished some of the greatest moments in US history. But it wasn’t until the beginning of the post-war era in 1945, when the US government recognized the CI field is an integral part of the Army and kept …show more content…
That same year, cyber space was adopted by the military as the fifth domain of warfare (Rowen, 2016). Since then, the Army has been racing to react to this new battlefield by assigning new CI agents directly from Counterintelligence Special Agent Course (CISAC) to specialized cyber units with limited knowledge in computer systems, networks, and CI as a whole. The current process is undermining and weakening the necessary support, strength, and expertise to mitigate, neutralize, and exploit Foreign Intelligence Entities and International Terrorist Organizations in the cyber domain. When Soldiers are accepted to CISAC and become a CI Special Agents, the Soldiers are taught the basics of the multiple disciplines in the CI field. Support cyber is barely covered in the course brief compared to the other …show more content…
First, while attending CISAC, there needs to be a designed cyber aptitude test mirroring the style of the ASVAB test. This test will be evaluated and sent to the CI program office for records keeping. Second, newly graduated agents must be assigned to a field office for their first assignment to build upon the basics and complete the CIPP. Third, there should be a submitted application process to be reviewed by the CI program office. The program office will use this application, along with the cyber aptitude test before being considered for a cyber assignment. Agents who graduated before the required procedures will need to take the aptitude test when submitting their application. The aptitude test will be valid for two years, before a test retake is necessary. This is due to the constant changes in the cyber

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