Pentagon establishes Defense Clandestine Service, new espionage unit

Pentagon establishes Defense Clandestine Service, new espionage unit
By Greg Miller, Published: April 23

The Pentagon is planning to ramp up its spying operations against high-priority targets such as Iran under an intelligence reorganization aimed at expanding on the military’s espionage efforts beyond war zones, a senior defense official said Monday.

The newly created Defense Clandestine Service would work closely with the CIA — pairing two organizations that have often seen each other as rivals — in an effort to bolster espionage operations overseas at a time when the missions of the agency and the military increasingly converge.

Defense Clandestine Service would work closely with the CIA to expand operations overseas at a time when the missions of the agency and the military increasingly converge. View photos from the CIA’s history.

The plan, the official said, was developed in response to a classified study completed last year by the director of national intelligence that concluded that the military’s espionage efforts needed to be more focused on major targets beyond the tactical considerations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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