Nicholas Eftimiades

Nicholas Eftimiades
Assistant Teaching Professor, School of Public Affairs
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Nicholas Eftimiades recently retired from the US Department of Defense. His 34 year government career includes employment in CIA as a Technical Operations Officer, Special Agent in the US Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and a Senior Intelligence Officer in Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Mr. Eftimiades held positions in analysis, human and technical intelligence collection, and program management. He had overseas assignments in Vienna, Frankfurt, Moscow, London, and Tokyo. His long career in DIA includes senior assignments as the Chief of Counterterrorism Operations, Transnational Issues Division, Futures Division, and Space Division. He has been awarded the National Intelligence Council Achievement Award and DIA Director's Intelligence Award - that agency's highest recognition of achievement. He distinguished himself numerous times in the senior ranks of the intelligence and defense communities. As a subject matter expert Nick was called upon to provide Congressional testimony and briefings to the Cox Commission, the Joint Economic Committee, President’s Commission on the Moon, Mars, and Beyond, and individual meetings with Congressional Members and staff.

Mr. Eftimiades was also a Senior Research Fellow at King’s College War Studies Department, London UK. He has an M.S. Strategic Intelligence, National Defense Intelligence College; and a B.A. East Asian Studies, George Washington University. Mr. Eftimiades has authored books and number of scholarly articles on national security, technology, and space issues. Nick’s book "Chinese Intelligence Operations," is an examination of the structure, operations, and methodology of the intelligence services of the People's Republic of China. To date, it remains the only scholarly analysis of China’s intelligence services and operational methodology.

Nick is a frequent lecturer and public speaker on future technology, space, and national security issues. He has appeared as an expert on CBS Evening News, Dateline NBC, ABC's Day One, BBC, BBC America, National Public Radio, and dozens of other television and radio broadcasts. He has been quoted in hundreds of newspapers and magazines across the world.

Expertise: Intelligence Operations, Terrorist Operations, National Security Space, Diplomacy, Asia Security issues

Research Interests

Intelligence and terrorism operations

National security space policy and strategy

Technology and implications for intelligence and national and homeland security


“Routledge Companion to Intelligence Studies” Chapter “Systems of Intelligence: China”, Edited by Robert Dover, Michael S. Goodman, Claudia Hillebrand, 2014 – Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

“Eulogy for Mass Media” EZine, News and Society: International, October 15, 2012

“The Coming Revolution: 3D Printing” EZine; News and Society: International, Sept 24, 2012

“Secret Intelligence in the Undiscovered Country” EZine; News and Society: International, December 15, 2011

“China's Espionage Tactics Against America's Aerospace Industry,” International Space Industry Report, McLean, VA; August 1998

Chinese Intelligence Operations (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, Mar 1994), translated editions; Japanese, Chinese, excerpts in Korean

“The Challenges of Changing National Counterintelligence Requirements,” Proceedings of the 1993 National OPSEC Conference, Washington, D.C., August 1993

“China's Ministry of State Security: Coming of Age in the International Arena,” Occasional Papers/Reprint Series in Contemporary Asian Studies, U of Maryland School of Law July 1992


M.S. Strategic Intelligence, National Defense Intelligence College

B.A. East Asian Studies, George Washington University