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NEW: Compilation of all NOIR White Papers

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NOIR White Paper Part 3

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Prevention: The Missing Link for Managing Insider Threat in the Intelligence Community

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NOIR White Paper

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True Psychology of the Insider Spy  |  Proposing a New Policy for Improving National Security by Fixing the Problem of Insider Spies

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ABOUT NOIR

AN INNOVATIVE, NEW SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF INSIDER SPIES

NOIR for USA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and promote to the US Intelligence Community, policymakers and the public the NOIR concepts and ideas which are intended to improve our national security by fixing the problem of insider spies in an innovative way. Most Insider Threat management initiatives have been technology driven. While clever and useful up to a point, they are subject to the Law of Diminishing Returns and can backfire by creating a negative, distrustful workplace atmosphere. A well-motivated insider can defeat nearly any technology-based system. They will always find a way. By contrast, the NOIR proposal centers on the minds of potential or current insider threats: their psychologies, and their inner worlds. The battle must be won there. It’s time for something new: the proposed National Office for Intelligence Reconciliation (NOIR). Learn more

Factors for Reconciliation

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Rationales for NOIR Concept

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Benefits of NOIR Concept

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TACTICAL BENEFITS OF NOIR:

  • CESSATION

    Decisively stopping insider spying at much earlier stages

  • MITIGATION

    Getting more timely and thorough Damage Assessments, our greatest need from insider spies

  • EXPLOITATION

    Taking advantage of the cooperation of insider spies to work for us as doubled agents to feed disinformation, uncover other penetrations, etc

STRATEGIC BENEFITS OF NOIR:

  • PREDOMINATION

    Degrading spy-handler relationships of all adversary intelligence services, an advantage exclusive to our intelligence community, and our closest allies

  • COORDINATION

    Bridging stovepipes within the intelligence community by sharing a community-wide resourc

  • PREVENTION

    Redefining the shared meaning of insider spying so no one will want to cross that line

OTHER STRATEGIC BENEFITS OF NOIR:

  • #1

    Weakening of Spy-Handler Relationships

  • #2

    Roll Up Spy Networks Becomes More Likely

  • #3

    NOIR Promotes Readiness to Reconcile

  • #4

    Morale Improvement for Intelligence Community Agencies

  • #5

    Insider Spy Productivity Decreases in Anticipation

ANCILLARY BENEFITS OF NOIR:

  • #1

    Partially Solving the Problem of the Non-Prosecutable Spy

  • #2

    Getting Traction with Ideological, Ethnic, Religious or Psychopathic Spies

  • #3

    Smoothing the Outplacement Process When All Else Fails

  • #4

    Managing Difficult “Gray Zone” Personnel Problems

  • #5

    Creating an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) of Last Resort

Feedback about the NOIR Concept

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THE NOIR BLOG

How to Take Care of an Ex-Spy

An idea to help former/retired Intelligence Community personnel that is along the same lines as the NOIR concept. Excerpts highlighted below; read the full article here. Comment by Dr. David Charney: Finally, a clear-minded statement about a pervasive shortfall within the intelligence community. Caruso’s article parallels my work as a psychiatrist who has studied these…

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Insider Spies: What is Appropriate Punishment?

By John Irvin “If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.” —Albert Einstein While this is a genuine Einstein quote, he is often misquoted as having said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a…

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Who Said “Forgiveness”? Dismantling Criticisms of the NOIR Concept

By John Irvin One of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, American journalist H. L. Mencken, once wrote, “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” Decades have passed since Mencken offered that insight, yet we continue to address complex issues with self-assured opinions that are somehow…

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Extending NOIR Concepts to Other Domains

By Dr. David Charney I have a friend who is a senior executive in an important Intelligence Community agency who commented on my latest white paper focusing on Prevention. Here’s what he wrote: “I am very intrigued with the “broadness” of the psychology as you described. I am finding that the “psychological perfect storm” and…

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Intelligence Matters Podcast: What Leads People to Spy

Michael Morell, former acting Director of the CIA, interviewed Dr. David Charney on the CBS News Radio podcast “Intelligence Matters” on what drives people to commit espionage. Listen on iTunes or here: This episode will post Wednesday. All will find it fascinating. From a man who has interviewed, extensively, real world spies, including Robert Hansen. If…

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SPYING

“A SOLUTION TO NOTHING”

“I am utterly amazed to find this espionage related website that accurately describes the true experiences of the spy. Reading the stages actually made me tremble as I recalled my own entry into the world of espionage and the inevitable consequences.”

—Jeffrey M. Carney, US Air Force intel specialist who spied for East Germany’s Ministry of State Security (MfS)

 

Read about the 10 Life Stages that a Spy goes through