noun Date: 1940 organized activity of an intelligence service designed to block an enemy's sources of information, to deceive the enemy, to prevent sabotage, and to gather political and military information

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  • counterintelligence — also counter intelligence, 1940, from COUNTER (Cf. counter ) + INTELLIGENCE (Cf. intelligence) …   Etymology dictionary

  • counterintelligence — [kount΄ərin tel′ə jəns] n. 1. actions to counter enemy intelligence, espionage, sabotage, etc. 2. the persons or agency engaged in such actions …   English World dictionary

  • Counterintelligence — This article is a subset article of intelligence cycle security. Counterintelligence or counter intelligence (see spelling differences) (CI) refers to efforts made by intelligence organizations to prevent hostile or enemy intelligence… …   Wikipedia

  • Counterintelligence —    The principal raison d’etre of the Soviet intelligence services was counterintelligence. From the formation of the Cheka, the services sought to deceive, penetrate, and destroy all enemy services and émigré movements, which were seen as a… …   Historical dictionary of Russian and Soviet Intelligence

  • counterintelligence — n. to conduct counterintelligence * * * [ˌkaʊnt(ə)rɪn telɪdʒ(ə)ns] to conduct counterintelligence …   Combinatory dictionary

  • counterintelligence — /kown teuhr in tel i jeuhns/, n. 1. the activity of an intelligence service employed in thwarting the efforts of an enemy s intelligence agents to gather information or commit sabotage. 2. an organization engaged in counterintelligence. [1935 40; …   Universalium

  • counterintelligence — coun•ter•in•tel•li•gence [[t]ˌkaʊn tər ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒəns[/t]] n. 1) mil the activity of an intelligence service engaged in thwarting the subversive or intelligence gathering efforts of a foreign power 2) gov mil an organization engaged in… …   From formal English to slang

  • counterintelligence — Information gathered and activities conducted to protect against espionage, other intelligence activities, sabotage, or assassinations conducted by or on behalf of foreign governments or elements thereof, foreign organizations, or foreign persons …   Military dictionary

  • counterintelligence — noun counterespionage …   Wiktionary

  • counterintelligence — Synonyms and related words: bugging, cloak and dagger work, counterespionage, electronic surveillance, espial, espionage, following, intelligence, intelligence bureau, intelligence service, intelligence work, military intelligence, naval… …   Moby Thesaurus

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