Defense Clandestine Service: Yet Another U.S. Spy Agency

PentagonDo we really need to add to CIA, NSA, DIA, et al? Greg Miller reports for the Washington Post:

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.

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.

The new service will seek to “make sure officers are in the right locations to pursue those requirements,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the “realignment” of the military’s classified human espionage efforts…

[continues at the Washington Post]


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7 Comments on "Defense Clandestine Service: Yet Another U.S. Spy Agency"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Apr 24, 2012 at 11:52 am |

    I wonder how often these agencies’ research divisions return reports of “suspicious activity” that snowball into investigations where they end up greasing one another.

    Horselover Fat, you were a prophet.

  2. Information-collecting agencies are supposed to be all sharing-and-caring about the info they mine, but I strongly suspect there is data hoarding at all of them. ‘Egos’ is the word here, and folks get a fat ego off just being one up over another agency.

  3. More leaks for all of us! I doubt that these “intelligence agencies” are actually inteligent or able to hold any classified information.

  4. Knuckle Dragger | Apr 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm |

    ….hurray! More wars for israel! …..I’ve pretty much had it with the “land of the free”.

  5. * Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the US.
    *How the money is divided among the 16 intelligence agencies and what it is spent on is classified.
    It includes salaries for about 100,000 people, multi-billion dollar satellite programs,
    aircraft, weapons, electronic sensors, intelligence analysis, spies, computers, and software.

    Somehow, all the kings horses and all the kings men
    couldn’t stop some camel jockeys with box cutters.

    The Director of National Intelligence (DNI)
    National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)
    National Counterproliferation Center (NCPC)
    The Special Security Center’s (SSC)
    The National Intelligence University (NIU)
    Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)
    The Center for Security Evaluation’s (CSE)
    The National Intelligence Council (NIC)

    Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
    United States Department of Defense
    Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency (AFISRA)
    Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM)
    Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
    Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA)
    National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
    National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
    National Security Agency (NSA)
    Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
    US Special Operations Command
    United States Department of Energy
    Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (OICI)
    United States Department of Homeland Security
    Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A)
    Coast Guard Intelligence (CGI)
    Secret Service
    United States Department of Justice
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
    Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of National Security Intelligence (DEA/ONSI)
    NDIC – National Drug Intelligence Center
    USNCB – U.S. National Central Bureau
    USNCB – U.S. National Central Bureau
    United States Department of State
    Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR)
    INL – Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
    CT – Counterterrorism Office
    DS – Bureau of Diplomatic Security
    (XE/Blackwater private army)
    United States Department of the Treasury
    Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI)
    Office of Intelligence Support
    Office of the Under Secretary (Enforcement)
    FINCEN – Financial Crimes Enforcement

  6. NSDAP

  7. Eddie Coyle | Apr 25, 2012 at 8:49 am |

    Relax.  This is just renaming and re-tasking a subset of the Defense Intelligence Agency (formerly known, until another government “re-branding”, as DHS).  No new agency, still part of the DIA.

    As for the laundry list below, many are also subsets of larger orginations, are educational, or are the titles of command or oversight entities for intelligence, not completely seperate organizations in themselves.

    Effectively you have the NSA, CIA, DIA & FBI. They are the movers & shakers.

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