United States defense-related technologies and information are under attack: each day, every hour, and from multiple sources. The attack is pervasive, relentless, and unfortunately, at times successful. As a result, the United States’ technical lead, competitive edge, and strategic military advantage are at risk; and our national security interests could be compromised. Defeating this attack requires knowledge of the threat and diligence on the part of all personnel charged with protecting classified information, to deter or neutralize its effect.
The Defense Security Service (DSS) works with defense industry to protect critical technologies and information. Defense contractors with access to classified material are required to identify and report suspicious contacts and potential collection attempts as mandated in the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM). DSS publishes this annual report based on an analysis of suspicious contact reports (SCRs) that DSS considers indicative of efforts to target defense-related information.
DSS encourages all Facility Security Officers to use the information in this report to supplement security awareness and education programs at their facilities.