New Espionage Unit Established by Pentagon

The Pentagon’s new espionage unit, called the Defense Clandestine Service (DCS), gives it the authority to focus on spy operations of high-priority targets outside of war zones. The new unit will work closely with the CIA, bringing together two organizations which typically have opposition between them. This expansion was made because in today’s times espionage in the CIA’s jurisdiction and that of the military increasingly overlap. There are no details on where the shifts might occur, but the nation’s most urgent intelligence needs in recent years have included counter-terrorism, nonproliferation, and countries with expanding power, such as China. An official explained that the new unit and its alignment aim to “make sure officers are in the right locations to pursue [espionage] requirements.”

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