The National Counterintelligence and Security Center provides 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.
Deputy National Counterintelligence Executive
Mr. Daniel Payne
Daniel Payne is a career counterintelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency who has spent more than 30 years in the field of counterintelligence. Mr. Payne comes to the National Counterintelligence and Security Center from his position at CIA as a Deputy Chief of South Asia Division. Mr. Payne’s previous senior assignments at CIA include Deputy Chief, Counterintelligence Center; Assistant Inspector General for Investigations; Deputy Director, Counterterrorism Center for Counterintelligence.
After his graduation from Ball State University in 1981, Mr. Payne served as a Special Agent for the Defense Investigative Service, Edwards AFB, CA.
Mr. Payne joined CIA in 1984, and became involved in counterespionage work beginning in 1985. Mr. Payne was one of the original officers involved in the hunt for a penetration of CIA which morphed into the investigation of Aldrich Ames. Mr. Payne was the lead investigator in the Ames Investigation. Mr. Payne was also involved in numerous other espionage investigations and founded the use of financial forensic techniques as a means to identify spies in the US Government.
Mr. Payne is the recipient of the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, CIA’s Intelligence Commendation Medal, NCS’s Donovan Award, and The George Bush Medal for Excellence in Counterterrorism.