David G. Major


Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies® (CI CENTRE)

David 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 national and international media.

Major served in the FBI from a street agent to a senior official and worked foreign counterintelligence his entire career. He has been involved in various ways in nearly all major espionage case of the past 30 years and has recruited, run and handled agents, double agents and defectors as well as caught spies. Major also used his counterintelligence skills to work against radical groups like the Black Panthers, KKK and others.

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. He served as the Director, Intelligence and Counterintelligence Programs in 1985 and 1986, and briefed and advised President Reagan on counterintelligence 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.

Upon retiring from the FBI, Major founded the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies to provide high-quality counterintelligence, counterterrorism and security training for the government and corporate sector. The Centre has trained nearly 10,000 people in counterintelligence, intelligence, counterterrorism and security topics. Major is a host of an internal government TV series with over 154 episodes called CI-TV which helps educate government personnel on lessons learned from espionage and terrorism cases. As an outreach program for the public, he helped develop the concepts of SpyDrive® and SpyCruise® as a way of teaching people about the reality of espionage and the importance of vigilance. Both of these products received world-wide media coverage and attention.

Major's expertise in the areas of counterintelligence and intelligence led him to be named to the original Board of Directors of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC where he remains a current member of the board. He is a frequent lecturer at the museum. Major is a graduate of Syracuse University and served as a US Army Captain in the Chemical Corps and then the Armor Branch from 1966 to 1968.

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