The Pentagon has embarked on an ambitious plan to establish an overseas espionage network which is expected to incorporate a colossal structure of operatives as big as the CIA, US officials say.
According to the US officials, the new scenario has been devised to transform the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) into a spy service more focused than the CIA on military aspects, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.
Pentagon’s new espionage network, the Defense Clandestine Service (DCS), is scheduled to be closely aligned with the CIA and the military commando units.
Based on the planned structure, the DCS is expected to recruit an unprecedented number of 1,600 clandestine operatives called “collectors” across the world over the next five years.
The DCS operatives will be trained by the CIA and cooperate with the US Joint Special Operations Command, but they will receive their espionage assignments from the Department of Defense.
“This is not a marginal adjustment for DIA … This is a major adjustment for national security,” Said DIA Director Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn at a recent conference in which he outlined the transformations without mentioning the details.
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