Russian Espionage: The Bear Is Back!

The uncovering of a Russian spy ring in the U.S. demonstrates that while the Cold War may have thawed, international espionage continues to thrive.

Russia is fielding an army of spies in the U.S. that is at least equal in number to the one deployed by the old, much larger Soviet Union, security experts say. The Bear is indeed back without the restraints of the Cold War and it’s easier than ever for Russian intelligence officers to meet, develop and recruit Americans.

In a plot right out of a spy novel, the Russian “illegals” lived for more than a decade in American cities and suburbs where they seemed to be ordinary couples working ordinary jobs. Experts on Russian intelligence expressed astonishment at the scale, longevity, and dedication of the “sleeper” program.

None of this is a surprise for KGB veteran Major General Oleg Kalugin who will be among an impressive faculty of speakers from industry and government sharing their insights and expertise at NSI’s IMPACT ’11 Conference and Expo on April 4-6, 2011 in Chantilly, VA.

General Kalugin will discuss the state of Russia’s security and intelligence organization today explaining the shift in foreign intelligence emphasis to economic, military and technological espionage with the United States viewed officially as Priority #1 rather than Enemy #1. He will share his insights into today’s Russia, the resurgence of the KGB and how Russia is targeting our nation’s most valuable secrets.”

From the National Security Institute:

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