Dr. Neil S. Hibler
Today, the Potomac Chapter, National Military Intelligence Association held its monthly luncheon meeting at Bolling Air Force Base featuring, Dr. Neil S. Hibler, Clinical Psychologist (USAF Ret.) and formerly assigned to Headquarters, Air Force Office of Special Investigations. (His contact information is included below.)
started the meeting off with a pre-lunch presentation entitled, "Why People Spy: Understanding Espionage to Develop Ever More Effective Deterrents" which defines the threat and describes measures to manage its risks.
observed that physical security specialists have been able to keep those "bad guys" on the outside from gaining direct access to classified information.
calls them, "unhappy campers" with underlying personality faults:
believes that breaking little rules can start one down "the slippery slope to espionage.
observes, "The best of the best are the best because they do it without breaking the rules.
Ideally, Dr. Hibler
believes that if a force works as a team and engenders trust through a system of loyalty as a "two-way street," it is difficult for spies to emerge.
Lastly, in spite of its deficiencies, Dr. Hibler
endorses the use of the polygraph because the guilty are especially afraid of the device, "If you've been bad, you don't want to go through it.
Anyone who intends to deal effectively with espionage must incorporate these realities in their deterrent procedures.
For further information on this subject, contact: Dr. Neil S. Hibler, Director, Special Psychological Services Group, 12500 Monterey Circle, Fort Washington, MD 20744, 301-292-1609.