Accession Number:

ADA465107

Title:

Annual Report to Congress on Foreign Economic Collection and Industrial Espionage: 1998

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept.

Corporate Author:

OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL COUNTERINTELLIGENCE EXECUTIVE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1995 requires that the President annually submit to Congress updated information on the threat to U.S. industry from foreign economic collection and industrial espionage. This report updates the third Annual Report to Congress on Foreign Economic Collection and Industrial Espionage, which was released in June 1997. Among the key findings are the following despite the adoption of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, many foreign countries, including some traditional U.S. allies, continue their attempts to acquire U.S. trade secret information and critical technologies for military and commercial application, through both legal and illegal means updated information, as reported by the U.S. Intelligence Community, reaffirms the findings of the 1997 Annual Report to include the origin of the threat, collection targets, and methods of operation analysis of updated information indicates that 8 countries are most actively targeting U.S. proprietary economic information, trade secrets, and critical technologies in an effort to more effectively qualify the threat, 4 of the 12 most active collectors listed in the 1997 Annual Report were taken off the 1998 Priority Country List collection efforts continue to be driven by military force modernization, economic competition, and commercial modernization using technologies with dual-use applications and clandestine collection efforts continue, however, consistent with traditional espionage operations, a significant majority of foreign intelligence collection is initially conducted through legal and open means and may be a precursor to economic espionage. The appendix presents 7 case summaries of foreign industrial espionage.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE