William D. Stephens (Bill) is a Professor of Practice and Director of Counterintelligence Research at ARLIS who recently arrived after serving 11 years in the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service as the Assistant Director for Counterintelligence, at the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency. He served 27 years as a USAF officer in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, primarily counterintelligence (CI).
Mr. Stephens has enjoyed an extensive career of success in leading intelligence, CI, security, and counter-insider threat teams to defend the United States and Allied government and private sector interests in permissive, non-permissive, and coalition environments in Europe, South Asia, East Asia, and the United States. Mr. Stephens conceived, designed, and implemented counter-industrial espionage and CI operations globally to defend the private sector and industrial base. He pioneered the pan-governmental “Deliver Un-compromised” initiative and employed commercial due diligence techniques, including supply chain risk and insider threat efforts to deter, detect, and disrupt adversaries penetrating and exploiting U.S. and Allied industrial bases. Throughout his career, Mr. Stephens built deep practical expertise in CI, security, national security policy, defense industrial base security, and Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence.
His education includes B.S., Business Administration, Auburn University; M.S., Management, Central Michigan University; M.S., National Security Studies (East Asia—Philippines), U.S. Naval Postgraduate School; M.S., Strategic Resourcing, National Defense University.
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