Nicholas Eftimiades

Nicholas Eftimiades is a professor at Penn State University, Homeland Security Program. He is a member of the graduate faculty teaching homeland security, intelligence, and national security policy. He conducts research on China’s economic espionage, intelligence, and emerging threats.


Mr. Eftimiades retired from a 34 year government career including employment in the CIA, the US Department of State, and Defense Intelligence Agency. He held positions in analysis, human and technical collection, and leadership. He served overseas in Vienna, Frankfurt, Moscow, London, and Tokyo.


Mr. Eftimiades has a long history of success as an innovator in the U.S. Intelligence Community. He is widely regarded for his expertise on China and national security space issues. For over two decades, senior government officials and Members of Congress relied on Mr. Eftimiades to provide in depth expertise and cogent analysis on China and other national security issues. As a senior intelligence officer he has considerable experience in managing intelligence programs, strategic security issues in Asia, and emerging threats/disruptive technologies. He worked extensively with foreign governments building joint programs that significantly enhanced US national security.


The Intelligence Community recognized Mr. Eftimiades with numerous awards to include the National Intelligence Council Achievement Award and DIA Director's Intelligence Award - that agency's highest recognition of achievement. As a subject matter expert he provided congressional testimony and briefings to the Cox Commission, the Joint Economic Committee, President’s Commission on the Moon, Mars, and Beyond, and numerous individual meetings with Members of Congress and staff.


Mr. Eftimiades has an M.S. Strategic Intelligence, National Defense Intelligence College; and a B.A. East Asian Studies, George Washington University. He has lived and studied in Asia. He was a senior research fellow at King’s College, War Studies Department, London, UK. Mr. Eftimiades authored books, reports, and a number of articles on China’s intelligence methodology, national security, technology, and space issues. His book "Chinese Intelligence Operations," is an examination of the structure, operations, and methodology of the intelligence services of the People's Republic of China. It is widely regarded as the seminal work in the field.


Mr. Eftimiades currently holds an appointment as a National Intelligence Council, Intelligence Community Associate. He also serves on the Defense Science Board on counterintelligence, future warfare, and advanced technology issues.