Sun Dec 2, 2012, 01:16 PM
jsr (7,712 posts)
Pentagon plans spy network to rival CIA
DIA sending hundreds more spies overseas
By Greg Miller
The Pentagon will send hundreds of additional spies overseas as part of an ambitious plan to assemble an espionage network that rivals the CIA in size, U.S. officials said.
The project is aimed at transforming the Defense Intelligence Agency, which has been dominated for the past decade by the demands of two wars, into a spy service focused on emerging threats and more closely aligned with the CIA and elite military commando units.
When the expansion is complete, the DIA is expected to have as many as 1,600 “collectors” in positions around the world, an unprecedented total for an agency whose presence abroad numbered in the triple digits in recent years.
The total includes military attachés and others who do not work undercover. But U.S. officials said the growth will be driven over a five-year period by the deployment of a new generation of clandestine operatives. They will be trained by the CIA and often work with the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, but they will get their spying assignments from the Department of Defense.
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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 01:24 PM
dballance (5,656 posts)
2. Why exactly do we need ANOTHER one of these?
If the CIA, whose mandate is to operate outside the US, isn't able to provide the intelligence we need on foreign governments and terrorists then why do we think creating a whole new infrastructure of intelligence agents will provide a better outcome? It seems to me it's more likely to muddy the "intelligence" waters and just give the top brass at the Pentagon "intelligence" and opinions they can use to argue their positions in discussions about how the US should be deploying and funding resources more than it will provide a useful service.