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Half a Solution is Not a Solution

The one constant is the human mind, the way we think, which is ultimately the source of all acts of espionage.  By John Irvin A friend drove up in the classic 1960s sports car he has just purchased at considerable expense to both his personal finances and his marital relationship.  It was a genuinely beautiful…

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Kevin Mallory: The Churchgoing Patriot Who Spied for China

The BBC interviewed Dr. David Charney about the psychology of spying for this article on Kevin Mallory, a former CIA officer who was arrested for spying for China. This in-depth article gives good details about his life and the spiral that led him to espionage. Kevin Mallory: The churchgoing patriot who spied for China (BBC)…

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NOIR: A White Paper – Proposing a New Policy for Improving National Security by Fixing the Problem of Insider Spies

White Paper Now Available in Book and E-Reader Formats

Dr. David Charney’s new white paper, NOIR: A White Paper – Proposing a New Policy for Improving National Security by Fixing the Problem of Insider Spies, is available not only in PDF form on our website, but you can also buy a nicely formatted printed book on Amazon or read it on your Kindle or on…

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Insider Spies and Terrorists: The Case for Disillusionment and Regret

By John Irvin NOIR Team On the face of it, insider espionage and terrorism would seem to have little in common.  The insider spy and his or her handler (traditionally, but not necessarily, a foreign intelligence service) strive to keep their activities as hidden as possible, while the definitive purpose of all terrorism is to…

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Ana Montes NOIR

The Ideological Spy: Ana Montes and the Havana Starbucks

By John Irvin, NOIR Team On 17 December, 2014, President Obama ordered restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of a US embassy in Havana for the first time in more than 50 years. The announcement was met with both favorable and critical responses from a variety of interested parties. Of the many…

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Detection on Steroids: Techno-utopianism vs. Insider Spies

By John Irvin It seems a part of US culture to believe there are technological solutions to virtually all of our problems. That belief has a long history dating back at least to the Nineteenth Century; and who could argue that our individual lives haven’t been extended and our quality of life improved by technology?…

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NOIR Featured in European Counterintelligence Journal

The following article by John Irvin appeared under the title NOIR: Neue Strategien zur Erkennung von Insiderspionen in Vol.10, Nr.1/2016 of the Journal for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies [JIPSS], published by the Austrian Center for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies [ACIPSS].[1]   ACIPSS was founded at the University of Graz, Austria, in 2004, “in order…

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Focus on the Person, not Technology

“The foundation of a counter-insider threat program needs to start with recognizing there is a person at the other end,” says Keith Lowry, former Chief of Staff to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Human Intelligence, Counterintelligence and Security at the Pentagon in this article on ZDNet: Fighting the person should be cybersecurity best practice When…

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David Charney on Fox News

Fox News “The Foxhole” interview with David Charney

Dr. David Charney, author of the white paper, NOIR: A White Paper – Proposing a New Policy for Improving National Security by Fixing the Problem of Insider Spies, was recently interviewed by James Rosen, host of the Fox News program, “The Foxhole.” The interview is about 30 minutes. Dr. Charney said this was the best interview…

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Sad fate of a man who decided to commit espionage

Arthur Walker, who was part of the Walker Spy Ring that got caught in 1985, recently died in jail at the age of 79. He was a month away from a parole hearing. Unlike the notorious members of the ring, spy ring master John Walker and Jerry Whitworth who passed damaging highly top secret information…

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Counterintelligence after Snowden

Brian Kelley Memorial Lecture David Charney, MD attended the recent Second Annual Brian Kelley Memorial Lecture at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC on February 7, 2014. The speaker was William Nolte who talked about the future of counterintelligence following the disclosures by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden. He focused on…

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