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Counterintelligence collection is

[t]he systematic acquisition of information (through investigations, operations, or liaison) concerning espionage, sabotage, terrorism, other intelligence activities or assassinations conducted by or on behalf of foreign governments or elements thereof, foreign organizations, or foreign persons that are directed against or threaten Department of Defense interests.[1]
[t]he exploitation of sources by collection agencies and the delivery of the information obtained to the appropriate processing unit for use in the production of intelligence.[2]
[t]he acquisition of information by means of direct observation, liaison, solicitation, or exploitation of sources in response to approved collection requirements, when such has been made a part of the files or holdings of an intelligence component.[3]