Meaning of counter-espionage in English:




mass noun
  • Activities designed to prevent or thwart spying by an enemy.

    ‘the Security Service have responsibility for counter-espionage’
    • ‘a small counter-espionage unit’
    • ‘The documents concerning these efforts to transfer the SIS's duties out of the FBI reflect Hoover's trepidation toward building a foreign espionage and counter-espionage organization.’
    • ‘The jobs are mainly in administration, but exceptional recruits could in certain circumstances take part in surveillance, counter-espionage and counter-terrorist operations.’
    • ‘In this role he had responsibility for compiling intelligence dossiers on its enemies; for planning counter-espionage and for establishing and supervising fascist cells operating in the trade union movement.’
    • ‘Although he had had no formal training on the job, he was quick to grasp the essential elements of espionage and counter-espionage.’
    • ‘But Mr Fergus did agree with a recent Australian Government decision to increase funding for counter-espionage activities.’
    • ‘The papers here had a big piece yesterday about counter-espionage, which is apparently going to be done by the FBI.’
    • ‘He appears to have been a member of Walsingham's and Burleigh's intelligence and counter-espionage networks.’
    • ‘In the old days of counter-espionage and counter-terrorism, the government would gather this intelligence and use it to expel diplomats or take other action in the foreign-policy arena.’
    • ‘Kombat includes all main branches like infantry, tanks, artillery and air force plus other like sappers, reconnaissance, counter-espionage and special elements.’
    • ‘The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation is responsible for internal security, for counter-espionage, for counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism.’
    • ‘The problem of corporate espionage has become big enough for companies to employ counter-espionage agencies.’
    • ‘Its powers were gradually expanded over a range of criminal activity and it also took part in counter-espionage operations during both of the world wars.’
    • ‘And Philby, many years later, proved to have been a Russian spy, working at the very heart of the British counter-espionage service!’
    • ‘Though some of those who had seen his behaviour alerted the personnel department, it was not thought necessary to move him from his counter-espionage work.’
    • ‘The ministry's initial mandate was limited to internal security-the suppression of political dissent, counter-espionage, and sabotage.’
    • ‘MI5, Britain's internal security and counter-espionage agency, is to play a greater role in informing the UK public about terror alerts.’
    • ‘I had no idea so many women are trained in counter-espionage.’
    • ‘MI5 wants to expand its counter-espionage service as well as boost its efforts to combat terrorism.’
    • ‘Each individual was assigned a case officer from a specialist section within the counter-espionage branch to monitor every aspect of the agents' handling.’
    espionage, undercover work, cloak-and-dagger activities, surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence, eavesdropping, cyberespionage, infiltration, counter-espionage, counter-intelligence