Counterintelligence in Afghanistan: Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System


  • Joao Carlos Gonçalves Reis Department of Military Science, Military Academy, Lisbon, and GOVCOPP, Portugal



Afghanistan, counterintelligence, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, security forces


The present article explores one of the most relevant counterintelligence (CI) programs in Afghanistan. The preliminary credibility assessment screening system (PCASS) assisted to provide initial screening of suspects for further follow up of intelligence and security forces. Thus, the objective of this article is to explore the dynamics of employing this technology in fragile states in support of the intelligence activities. To that purpose, we have used an exploratory case study research, which included several sources of data collection. We found that PCASS is used to empower the Afghan police forces to identify and neutralize insider threats, but also to keep NATO-coalition forces safer. Further research should focus, for instance, on the impact of the Afghan culture on PCASS operations.

Author Biography

Joao Carlos Gonçalves Reis, Department of Military Science, Military Academy, Lisbon, and GOVCOPP, Portugal

João Reis is an assistant professor of service management (Aveiro University), operations management (ISLA), logistics and supply chain management (Military Academy). He received a PhD in Management and Industrial Engineering from Aveiro University. During the last ten years he has been conducting extensive scientific research in the banking industry. He is a research fellow at the research unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy (GOVCOPP) in the fields of service science, industrial engineering and OM. The research results appeared in journals such as the International Journal of Production Economics or the International Journal of Quality and Service Science. During his free time, he frequently performs humanitarian aid in Africa, Asia and around the Southeastern Europe.


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How to Cite

Reis, J. C. G. (2020). Counterintelligence in Afghanistan: Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System. Advances in Military Technology, 15(1), 43–53.



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