Description: "Thwarting the Enemy: Providing Counterintelligence and Threat Awareness to the Defense Industrial Base," was developed for employees working at cleared defense contractor facilities. This will allow employees to complete the training at any time to meet their annual Threat Awareness training requirement. The emphasis is to make employees aware of potential threats directed against U.S. technology. It also explains common suspicious activities which should be reported to the Facility Security Officer (FSO) in compliance with NISPOM 3-107 and 1-302. FSOs are encouraged to use this Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) Counterintelligence Office-sponsored training to meet the Security Training and Briefings requirement outlined in NISPOM Chapter 3.

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Learning Objectives:
This course is designed to enable students to:

  • Identify foreign collection attempts targeting U.S. critical technologies
  • Identify the key indicators of the six major collection methods:
    • Unsolicited and direct requests
    • Suspicious internet activity
    • Solicitation and employment
    • Foreign visits
    • Targeting at conferences, conventions, and trade shows
    • Insider threat
  • Identify the role of threat awareness in protecting the Defense Industrial Base
  • Recognize the types of suspicious events and behaviors that should be reported and identify how to report them

Delivery Method: eLearning

Length: 30 minutes

Target Audience: The target audience for this training is employees working within cleared defense contract facilities in support of the defense industrial base. Audience is any individual who must comply with the National Industrial Security Program, DOD 5220.22-M.


  • General Requirements: Students may complete the course in our Security Awareness Hub or on STEPP. Those completing this training on the Security Awareness Hub should provide a copy of the training certificate to their individual FSO to ensure they receive credit for completion. Students completing this course as part of the Counterintelligence Certificate Program, CI 201.CU, must complete the course in STEPP to receive credit.
  • Clearance Requirements: N/A
  • Attendance Requirements: N/A
  • Exam Requirements: Passing grade of 75% on the examination in order to print a certificate of successful completion.

Prerequisites: N/A

Credits Recommended/Earned:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: (What's this?) In association with CI201.CU
  • Professional Development Units per SPēD: 1.5

Note to students taking the course in the Security Awareness Hub: The course includes a printable certificate which can serve as evidence that a student completed the course. When a student takes any course outside of STEPP, DSS can not maintain any record of that student by name or any personally identifiable information. If the student needs documentation that he or she has completed the course he or she will have to print the certificate at the end of the course. Students completing this course as part of the Counterintelligence Certificate Program, CI 201.16, must complete the course in STEPP to receive credit.

System Requirements: Check if your system is configured appropriately to use STEPP.

CDSE courses are intended for use by Department of Defense and other U.S. Government personnel and contractors within the National Industrial Security Program.