North Carolina - Charlotte Members Alliance - FBI North Carolina

FBI Citizens' Academy

Want to find out first hand how the FBI works? Hear how the Bureau tracks down spies and terrorists? Learn how to collect and preserve evidence? See what it is like to fire a weapon and put yourself in the shoes of a Special Agent making a split-second, life-or-death decision?

You just might be able to do that and more-through an FBI Citizens’ Academy. The North Carolina InfraGard is able to reserve two slots in this program for our membership.

Who teaches? Special Agents in Charge of that field office, their senior managers and senior agent experts.

For how long? Classes generally meet 10 times (eight on weeknights and two on Saturday) for three hours each session. Each session has around 20-30 students.

The curriculum? Fascinating!

  • Practical problems involving evidence collection and preservation.
  • FBI jurisdiction and congressional oversight.
  • Structure and operation of FBI field offices and satellite agencies.
  • Fingerprint, forensic, technology, training, and other services
  • Policies and issues: ethics, discipline, communications, drug enforcement, civil rights, and future criminal trends.
  • Firearms training.

Contact the InfraGard Coordinator if you are a member interested in attending the Citizens' Academy.

The Division has also established a Citizens' Academy Alumni Association. Through the Alumni Association, graduates of the Citizens' Academy are afforded the opportunity to continue learning and communicating with each other for the benefit of the community. It is designed to promote a safer community through service projects and a process of educating business, labor, media, medical, minority, religious, government, senior citizens, and other community leaders about law enforcement, with particular emphasis on the mission, resources, and limitations of the FBI.

Counterintelligence Domain Program

The challenge: to protect United States sensitive information, technologies, and thereby competitiveness in an age of globalization.

Our solution: to foster communication and build awareness through partnerships with key public and private entities by educating and enabling our partners to identify what is at counterintelligence risk and how to protect it. We call it “knowing your domain”—identifying the research, information, and technologies that are targeted by our adversaries and establishing an ongoing dialogue and information exchange with partners to change behaviors and reduce opportunities that benefit the opposition’s efforts.

The United States is the world’s leader in innovation. Consider the breakthrough research and development that’s taking place on the nation’s campuses and in research facilities—often on behalf of the government. Sensitive research, much of which occurs in the unclassified realm, is the key to our nation’s global advantage, both economically and militarily.

The Counterintelligence (CI) Domain Program is responsible for determining and safeguarding those technologies which, if compromised, would result in catastrophic losses to national security. Through our partnerships with businesses, academia, and U.S. government agencies, the FBI and its counterintelligence community partners are able to identify and effectively protect projects of great importance to the U.S. government. This provides the first line of defense inside facilities where research and development occurs and where intelligence services are focused.

The following initiatives make up our CI Domain Program:

Business Alliance

Through the Business Alliance, we are building relationships with cleared defense contractors to enhance their understanding of the threat posed to their programs and personnel by foreign intelligence services and foreign competitors. This dialogue results in an increase in the quality and quantity of counterintelligence-related information shared with the FBI by these contractors, resulting in the disruption of foreign intelligence activities targeting their work.

Through the delivery of counterintelligence education and the sharing of actionable intelligence, we enable business partners to identify counterintelligence vulnerabilities within their organizations. Counterintelligence awareness can result in modifications to their internal behaviors and processes that decrease susceptibility to theft of intellectual property. The protection of our Business Alliance partners’ intellectual property results in tangible benefits to our national security.

Academic Alliance

The Academic Alliance is a national outreach effort charged with sharing information and establishing a dialogue with academic institutions to increase awareness of threat and national security issues in order to foster a spirit of cooperation.

The Academic Alliance has two distinct outreach components:

1) The National Security Higher Education Advisory Board (NSHEAB) includes presidents/chancellors from our nation's top public and private research institutions. The board, which meets regularly, provides a forum for FBI leadership and academia to discuss national security issues of mutual concern. The NSHEAB also facilitates dialogue between government security officials and educational policy makers. The board provides the FBI with perspectives on the culture of higher education-including its traditions of openness, academic freedom, and international collaboration.

2) The College and University Security Effort (CAUSE). Through CAUSE, FBI Special Agents in Charge meet with the heads of local colleges and universities to discuss national security issues and share information and ideas. Topics covered include briefings on national security threats that these research institutions may be facing. We enable counterintelligence protection by explaining how and why some foreign entities may be attempting to steal research and intellectual property.

Counterintelligence Working Groups

1) National Counterintelligence Working Group (NCIWG)

The National Counterintelligence Working Group was designed to establish strategic interagency partnerships at the senior executive level among the United States Intelligence Community (USIC), academia, industry, and defense contractors. Working through the NCIWG, the USIC has conveyed a consistent message with regard to its efforts to protect our national security.

2) Regional Counterintelligence Working Group (RCIWG)

Regional Counterintelligence Working Groups are composed of U.S. government counterintelligence entities that meet and discuss counterintelligence strategies, initiatives, operations, and best practices pertaining to the counterintelligence mission. The RCIWG facilitates harmonized counterintelligence efforts that leverage component expertise for maximum effectiveness and efficiency.

For more information visit the Counterintelligence Home or contact the Division office and ask to speak with the Domain Coordinator.

Field Intelligence Group

The North Carolina - Charlotte Members Alliance InfraGard releases Bi-Weekly Intelligence reports from the FIG to members. The FIGs perform intelligence functions through integrated teams of Intelligence Analysts, Language Analysts, Physical Surveillance Specialists, and a dedicated number of Special Agents.

The FIGs coordinate, manage, and execute all of the functions of the intelligence cycle in the field.

  • They help determine what it is we don’t know about the threats our country is facing – and what we need to know to combat them. (Requirements)
  • They help ensure that our agents in the field collect – through interviews, searches, and electronic and physical surveillances – the kind of information we and our partners in the law enforcement and intelligence communities are looking for. (Planning and Direction and Collection)
  • They extract the information from cases being worked in their field offices and put it into a form usable by analysts. They do this using a variety of methods, including decryption, language translation, and data reduction. (Processing and Exploitation.)
  • They put the information into context by answering questions such as: What does it mean? And why is it important? (Analysis and Production.)
  • They compile the information into reports and disseminate them to FBI Headquarters, other law enforcement and intelligence agencies and key decision makers, including the President and the Attorney General. (Dissemination.) Often, the dissemination process leads to new requirements being generated, and the process starts over again.