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1. The end of the Cold War did not end or even reduce the level or amount of espionage or other serious intelligence activity against the United States. It did change the nature of the threat in terms of information being targeted, the sources of the threat, and the methods used by adversary interests. Although many of the traditional threats remain, the foreign intelligence threat today is far more diverse and more complex. More different countries are collecting a wider variety of information and using a wider variety of means to do it.

More than ever before, intelligence operations against the U.S. are being conducted by friendly and allied countries as well as unfriendly countries. Intelligence operations are conducted by foreign corporations and terrorist, drug and criminal groups as well as foreign intelligence services.

In 1996, the FBI announced that it had 800 active espionage investigations involving 23 different countries. According to a recent industry survey, more than 1,100 documented incidents of economic espionage were reported in 1997 by major U.S. companies.

In a world that increasingly measures national power and national security in economic terms, foreign intelligence services and corporations are emphasizing the collection of scientific, technical and economic-related information.  This includes unclassified proprietary information as well as classified information. Their goal is to boost their own military readiness or develop a competitive edge in the global market place, while drastically reducing their own research and development costs. Foreign economic espionage is now a major national concern. Our economy and many jobs, as well as our military superiority, depend upon our leadership in high technology research and development.

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