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CI Centre President David G. Major
  • Founder and President, CI Centre
  • A leading authority, expert and teacher on counterintelligence and counterterrorism
  • Retired FBI Supervisory Agent and Senior FBI Executive
  • FBI career focused on counterintelligence, counterterrorism and Security
  • Counterintelligence/Security Advisor to President Reagan, National Security Council Staff Officer
  • National Board Member: Association For Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and International Spy Museum (ISM) and the Espionage Research Institute International (ERII)
  • US Army veteran, 5 years, attained the rank of Captain in the Armor Branch
  • Graduate of Syracuse University in Life Sciences

A 1965 graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in the life sciences, after graduation Mr. Major served in the US Army as a Captain in Armor Branch for 5 years before being appointed an FBI Special Agent. He served in Sarasota Florida, Newark New Jersey, Washington DC, and Baltimore FBI as Field Offices as well as three assignments at FBI Headquarters (the FBI SCI Security Office, the Counterintelligence Division and the Inspection Division).


Mr. Major has made a life-long commitment to the practice and study of counterintelligence and its subset, counterterrorism, making him one of the nation's top experts on the subject. His views and advice are sought after by the government; private companies; and the national and international media.


Mr. Major has a passion for helping people gain a greater understanding of the importance of counterintelligence and counterterrorism, and has been giving speeches and training people since the 1970's. He is known as a dynamic, enthusiastic and incredibly interesting speaker who holds the audience captivated on any topic. He is able to speak on unlimited range of different topics, many which are taken directly from segments in the highly-rated courses his training company provides.


Mr. Major served in the FBI from an investigative Special Agent to a senior official and worked foreign counterintelligence his entire career. In various capacities, he was involved in nearly all the major espionage cases during the period 1972-1994; and has recruited, run and handled agents, double agents and defectors as well as identified and investigated people arrested for espionage and terrorism. Mr. Major also used his counterintelligence skills to work against radical violent groups such as the Black Panthers, the Black Liberation Army, the KKK and other "hate” groups.


Mr. Major's skills and abilities propelled him to being named by the FBI to being the first FBI official to be assigned to the National Security Council staff. He served as the Director, Intelligence and Counterintelligence Programs between 1985 and 1987, and periodically briefed and advised President Reagan on counterintelligence and security matters. He was also instrumental in an administration effort to decrease the number of Soviet intelligence officers in the US, which were overwhelming the FBI's resources. As a result, over 80 Soviet KGB and GRU officers were expelled from the United States.


Between 1987 and 1991 he was a FBI Counterintelligence Program Executive for a unique section at FBIHQ within the national counterintelligence division. The section with over 250 people assigned to it under Mr. Major, the executive management within the Intelligence Division of FBI Headquarters was responsible for managing all intelligence and counterintelligence strategic and operational analysis, policy and plans formulation, budget formulation, resource management, automated data processing, and counterintelligence training of FBI.


Between 1991 and 1993 he was the Special Assistant to Assistant Director-in-Charge, FBIHQ Intelligence Division/National Security Division. Responsible for reviewing all espionage, double agent operations and policy issues referred to executive FBI management review and decision review.

He has spent over 40 years (his entire professional career) in identifying; penetrating and neutralizing; or researching threats to the US from every region of the world, which include intelligence, counterintelligence and terrorist groups and operations.


He was the Principal architect of the National Security Threat List (approved by the Attorney General in December 1991) to meet the ever-changing challenges of the foreign intelligence threats in the 1990s. The National Security Threat List strategy became the primary document which directly governs all DoD counterintelligence programs. He authored "The FBI’s Counterintelligence Strategy for the 1990s: A Responsive New Approach to Meeting the Threat to National Security From Foreign Intelligence Activity Directed Against the United States: The National Security Threat List” (FBI, April 1992). To ensure that the counterintelligence programs were integrated into the Executive Agencies’ decision-making process, served as the architect for the Counterintelligence Operations Board in 1989 (now known as the National Counterintelligence Operations Board). This interagency board was responsible for all strategic counterintelligence operational planning and threat assessments for the Intelligence Community. Its membership included the Directors for Counterintelligence from the DoD/OSD, NCS, FCA, AFOSI, Chief of the CIA/CIC, and the FBI.


From 1988 until retirement in 1994, he was the FBI’s principal representative in the national intelligence policy formulation process. As such, he was the principal FBI drafter for the National Security Review (NSR) 18 and National Security Directive (NSD) 47. Signed by President Bush in October 1990, NSD 47 set forth the nation’s counterintelligence and security countermeasures policy and plans to address the intelligence threat in the 1990s. Mr. Major also worked as the FBI’s representative to the NSD 47 Working Group to ensure the full implementation of this executive directive.


Upon retiring from the FBI, Mr. Major founded the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre) to provide high-quality counterintelligence, counterterrorism and security training for the government and corporate sector. The CI Centre has developed over 55 off the shelf training courses and seminars and has trained over 100,000 people in counterintelligence, intelligence, counterterrorism, area studies, investigative skills and security topics.


Mr. Major is the President, owner and CEO of his privately held company David G. Major Associates, Inc. (DGMA), which owns and operates the CI Centre and SPYPEDIA, since its founding in 1997.


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