What It’s About: After opening with a basic introduction to the fundamentals of espionage, and highlighting some collection activities of major U.S. adversaries such as Russia and Iran, the focus will turn to the most aggressive player in global espionage - China. The presenter will draw from over 600 cases of Chinese espionage to identify and analyze specific collection objectives,operational methodology and tactics used by China's intelligence services, state-owned enterprises, private companies, and citizens. Its modern intelligence apparatus is characterized by unprecedented operational volume and scale, with a noted departure from the usual image of an intelligence agent. PRC’s espionage is the first in modern times to use, as a foundation, the whole of society. This presentation illustrates how Beijing’s espionage tactics are sometimes artless, operating with little in the way of standard spy-fare, instead relying on an overwhelming volume of espionage activities conducted by all manner of citizen with impunity inherent in the lack of substantive penalty if discovered.
Presenter: After a 34-year career in the U.S. intelligence community, Nicholas Eftimiades retired as a senior intelligence officer in 2017, and became Professor of Homeland Security at Penn State University. He had served in the CIA, State Department, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Renowned globally as a leading expert on Chinese intelligence operations and tactics, he has testified before Congress on Beijing’s intelligence and espionage operations. His book, Chinese Intelligence Operations, examines the structure, operations, and methodology of the PRC’s intelligence services, and is widely regarded as the groundbreaking scholarly work in the field. His recent monograph, Chinese Espionage: Operations and Tactics, expands on that treatise and is the most detailed account yet of Chinese economic espionage. Prof. Eftimiades holds senior appointments on the DOD Defense Science Board, DHS Security Advisory Council, DHS Economic Security Subcommittee; and, is an Intelligence Community Associate in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, National Intelligence Council.