FBI University Education Program

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This white paper was prepared by the Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Unit of the FBI. This paper is unclassified in its entirety.


This white paper was prepared by the FBI's Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Unit to provide awareness to administrators, senior researchers, export control offices, and technology transfer offices at higher education institutions about how foreign intelligence services and non-state actors use US colleges and universities to further their intelligence and operational needs. This paper is unclassified and fulfills part of the FBI's goal of building awareness with public and private entities about counterintelligence risks and national security issues.

Executive Summary

The United States is a society of openness and freedom, values especially central to campuses of higher education. Foreign adversaries and competitors take advantage of that openness and have been doing so for many years.

There are foreign nations that seek to improve their economies and militaries by stealing intellectual property from a world technology leader like the United States. There are also foreign adversaries that seek to gain advantages over the United States. These nations use varied means to acquire information and technology to gain political, military, and economic advantages. There are also foreign companies and entrepreneurs who want to obtain research data in order to improve their own products or get to market first with innovative ideas or products being developed at US universities.

The open environment of US campuses of higher education may be misused in order to:

  • Steal technical information or products
  • Bypass expensive research and development
  • Recruit individuals for espionage
  • Exploit the student visa program for improper purposes
  • Spread false information for political or other reasons

To accomplish one or more of the above goals, duplicitous or opportunistic actors or organizations may use a variety of methods such as:

  • Conduct computer intrusions
  • Collect sensitive research
  • Utilize students or visiting professors to collect information
  • Spot and recruit students or professors
  • Send unsolicited email or invitations
  • Send spies for language and cultural training, and to establish credentials
  • Fund or establish programs at a university

Most foreign students, researchers, or professors studying or working in the United States are here for legitimate and proper reasons. Only a very small percentage is actively working at the behest of another government or organization. However, some foreign governments also pressure legitimate students to report information to intelligence officials, often using the promise of favors or threats to family members back home.

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A bunch of crap

2009-08-19 10:22:10 by skylajay

What you have stated about University of Pheonix is a load of crap. Don't knock it till you try it. There are real teachers I have spoke to each one of my instructors for class and I have never recieved these so called books. It's online material unless you take a special class that you need to buy a book for. As far as a scam the federal government has looked into Uof P and have found no scams. They have to follow certain guidelines or they won't be able to get into the federal Aid program. Open your eyes and don't talk crap about stuff you don't know what your talking about. P.S. My brother in law works for FBI and has told me that they are the best program online if you were to do that education and their credits are transferable

Interesting AND stolen....via LA Weekly

2001-10-31 15:27:31 by grilla

Misguided Billions
A better way to spend the missile-defense budget
by Joshuah Bearman
All the money in the world couldn’t build a missile-defense system that works. Nor would a missile shield stop terrorism. The past five weeks showed that the real threat is what defense professionals call “poor man’s bombs”— biological, chemical, and clever use of conventional weapons.
Yet the national missile-defense program is moving ahead, with patriotic fervor melting Democratic opposition to a system that could cost $100 billion. Amid promises of greater security, Congress is about to approve $8 billion for the project for this year alone

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2002-02-11 19:27:36 by BPP

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Newton and Seale articulated their goals in a ten-point platform that demanded, among other items, full employment, exemption of black men from military service, and an end to police brutality. They summarized their demands in the final point: 'We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice, and peace

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