Organizational ChartOur Mission

As the premier counterintelligence and security agency in the US Government, the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive will provide effective leadership and support to the counterintelligence and security activities of the US Intelligence Community, the US Government, and US private sector entities who are at risk of intelligence collection or attack by foreign adversaries.



In February 2012, Frank Montoya, Jr. became the National Counterintelligence Executive (NCIX). Mr. Montoya most recently served as the special agent in charge of the FBI's Honolulu Division.

Mr. Montoya has worked and led counterintelligence efforts during several assignments including as the section chief of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters and prior to that, as assistant special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Branch at the San Francisco Field Office. He also participated in the establishment of the National Cyber Joint Task Force.

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ODNI Press Release - February 22, 2012

about the office of the national counterintelligence executive (oncix)

The Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (ONCIX) is part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and is staffed by senior counterintelligence (CI) and other specialists from across the national intelligence and security communities. The ONCIX develops, coordinates, and produces:

  • Annual foreign intelligence threat assessments and other analytic CI products.

  • An annual national CI strategy for the US Government.

  • Priorities for CI collection, investigations, and operations.

  • CI program budgets and evaluations that reflect strategic priorities.

  • In-depth espionage damage assessments.

  • CI awareness, outreach, and training standards policies.

In September 2010, ONCIX absorbed the DNI's Special Security Center (SSC) and the Center for Security Evaluation (CSE). Read more about the merger.

What is Counterintelligence?

Counterintelligence is the business of identifying and dealing with foreign intelligence threats to the United States. Its core concern is the intelligence services of foreign states and similar organizations of non-state actors, such as transnational terrorist groups. Counterintelligence has both a defensive mission—protecting the nation's secrets and assets against foreign intelligence penetration—and an offensive mission—finding out what foreign intelligence organizations are planning to better defeat their aims.

As defined in Executive Order 12333, Counterintelligence is information gathered and activities conducted to identify, deceive, exploit, disrupt, or protect against espionage, other intelligence activities, sabotage, or assassinations conducted for or on behalf of foreign powers, organizations, or persons, or their agents, or international terrorist organizations or activities.