Security and Intelligence Analyst and US DOD Deputy Director of Counter Intelligence (ret)
Chuck Fisher Jr (1960 – 2014) retired from public service as the Deputy Director of Counterintelligence in Department of Defense of the United States Government. In this capacity, Mr Fisher developed and established counterintelligence policies for the protection of research and technology, and coordinated the development of national policy. Mr Fisher was the first ever advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (AT&L), providing subject matter expertise for operational and policy considerations regarding counterintelligence, intelligence and security integration across AT&L. His protection policies influenced the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Service, the State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Security Controls, the Office of Economic Enforcement within the Department of Commerce, the Technology Transfer Cooperation Program with NATO, the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Australian Ministry of Defense’s Defense Science and Technology Office. His knowledge of economic and technology protection policies was both far-reaching and deep.
As Chief of Counterintelligence Capabilities Branch of the Counterintelligence Field Activity/Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy, Mr Fisher oversaw the development of the curriculum for counterintelligence, terrorism and foreign intelligence and he was especially interested in interviewing skills. Mr Fisher was known as a master interviewer, as he was a keen observer and extremely articulate. As an instructor at the USAF Special Investigations Academy, Mr Fisher taught and developed policy at AFOSI for the areas of law, interviewing and interrogation. Mr Fisher also lectured on the use of the counterintelligence security polygraph. He was involved as an investigator in espionage and criminal cases around the globe. His work as an investigator deepened his natural curiosity and search for truth, and led him to look constantly for techniques and technologies that would support investigation with reliable accuracy. He was very concerned about the scientific foundations of investigative techniques and technologies.
Mr Fisher held an MA in Public Policy and Communications from the University of Oklahoma, had completed coursework for a MS in Forensic Psychophysiology from the University of Virginia, held a Graduate Certificate in Legislative Affairs from Georgetown University, B.S. in Psychology and Philosophy from SUNY, and A.A. in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force. He was always learning.
The Association for Linguistic Evidence honors Mr Fisher for his work in protecting new technologies in intelligence, investigation and counterintelligence and his specific interest in the development of scientific foundations for deception detection and threat assessment. Mr Fisher accepted his honorary fellowship in TALE seven months before his sudden death in January 2014.