Pentagon spies get own service

2012-04-23 21:44

Washington - The Pentagon is reorganising its clandestine spy operation, sending more of its case officers to work alongside CIA officers to gather intelligence in places like China, instead of war zones as they have for the past decade.

A senior defence official says several hundred case officers will make up the new Defence Clandestine Service.

Defence department spooks already gather intelligence globally on everything from terrorism to weapons of mass destruction, mostly working out of CIA stations in embassies.

But the Defence Intelligence Agency did not always award that experience with promotions, so its officers often left for the CIA, a senior defence official explained.

The official spoke anonymously because he was not authorised to speak publicly about the classified programme. The new service is meant to change that.

  • Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-23 22:17

    USA will be the cause of ww3

      Ted - 2012-04-24 03:41

      There will be no 'world' war ever again. I don't think there are enough countries with the appetite to fight for no reason. It may be a European, American or Russian war but can't imagine any African country being party to that or any South American one except maybe Cuba or Chavez's fifdom.

      Matt - 2012-04-24 09:42

      I wouldn't get your hopes up. The US is itching for a war with Iran. I will eat my words if Russia and China watch their top energy supplier go down with out a fight. Any major war could spark a something huge. Dumb humans.

  • Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-24 09:47

    I think the us and Israel will bomb Iran after the us elections which will send the middle east and the wider region into absolute chaos. All because of something Iran may or may not have said or done.

  • Fidel - 2012-04-24 10:28

    The US is really a scourge on humanity and peace. The perpetual warmongering profiteers are always itching for confrontation. The biggest mistake the Soviet Union made was entering into an arms race with Washington. China should not make this mistake.

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