You are cordially invited to attend an IN-PERSON event:
Current Counterintelligence Environment and the China Threat
FBI Special Agent
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
5:00 – 6:00 PM EST
The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036 Commodore Barry Room – Marlatt MansionGetting to campus
About the Lecture
Threats to the United States posed by foreign intelligence entities are becoming more complex, diverse, and harmful to U.S. interests. Foreign intelligence actors—to include nation-states, organizations, and individuals—are employing innovative combinations of traditional spying, economic espionage, supply chain, and cyber operations to gain access to critical infrastructure, and steal sensitive information, research, technology, and industrial secrets.
China’s strategic goals include becoming a comprehensive national power, creating innovation-driven economic growth, and modernizing its military. It aspires to equal or surpass the United States as a global superpower and influence the world with a value system shaped by undemocratic, authoritarian ideals. Using a whole-of-society approach to achieve these goals, China takes advantage of every opportunity— from joint ventures to economic espionage—to develop and maintain a strategic economic edge. To achieve its strategic goals, China relies on state-directed plans, which provide insight into the kinds of intellectual property and trade secrets the country targets and seeks to acquire from foreign sources.
About the Speaker
Mr. Jorge Velez is a Special Agent with the FBI and currently serves as a Private Sector Coordinator for the FBI Washington Field Office. Mr. Velez’s 19 years of investigative and operational experience with the FBI include areas such as counterintelligence, HUMINT operations, undercover operations, and international counterterrorism. Mr. Velez’s prior assignments included the FBI Miami office, FBI Headquarters, the Director of National Intelligence, and the FBI office in Paris, France. Before joining the FBI, Mr. Velez served in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Velez has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business and Finance and a Master’s Degree in Military Science and National Security Strategy.
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