Pentagon Spy Agency Sending Out Hundreds of Agents
Details emerge on the Defense Clandestine Service
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2012 4:00 PM CST
The Pentagon is seen in this aerial view in Washington.    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – The Pentagon's new spy agency will send up to 1,600 agents overseas to report on military matters in close cooperation with the CIA—and possibly beyond the reach of Congressional oversight, the Washington Post reports. But the agency's director, Michael Flynn, promises to keep Congress "in the loop" and help Washington avoid more wars during this "era of persistent conflict." Called the Defense Clandestine Service, it will focus initially on Africa's Islamist groups, weapons in Iran and North Korea, and China's military modernization, officials tell the Post.

The DCS grew out of close cooperation between the Pentagon and the CIA during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But the CIA will keep the upper hand, training DCS operatives, approving their missions, and maintaining control of drone strikes while the DCS identifies military targets. The agency is a boon for the Obama administration, which prefers covert missions to armed conflict. It also frees the DCS from an earlier incarnation, the Defense Intelligence Agency, which functioned as a kind of private spy service for JSOC, the military's elite commando force.

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reallybig
Dec 3, 2012 11:27 PM CST
Obama just hired a new bunch of morons, idiot, and imbeciles for his Team, and what better place to send them, than around the world. --- Just maybe, they might find out who killed the Libyan US Ambassador while traveling around the world, trying to find their ass from a hole in the ground. --- The "HELP WANTED" sign is back up at the White House. -- HELP WANTED, intelligent people need not apply, looking for morons, idiots, and imbeciles, but will consider stupids, ignorants, and the mentally challenged. -- Call the White House hot line, if your a Democrat applying for the first time. ------- REALLY
HANKHILL
Dec 3, 2012 5:34 PM CST
cia dcs dia has intelligence?
$28919642
Dec 3, 2012 8:26 AM CST
I prefer covert ops to open conflict as well. Far cheaper!