U.S. military to initiate global tidal wave of new spies

The DIA will send agents to many South and Central American countries as part of counterterrorism and counternarcotics operations.
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On Sunday, when the Washington Post published a report regarding hundreds of additional spies being deployed overseas, the Law Enforcement Examiner contacted intelligence and law enforcement sources in Washington, DC, to confirm this latest intelligence leak.

Sources in the nation’s capital confirmed that the Department of Defense is planning to deploy up to 1,500 additional intelligence agents overseas as part of a project to create an espionage component that’s every bit as sophisticated and global as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

“The DOD has two major initiatives aimed at increasing global coverage,” Michael G. Vickers, undersecretary of defense for intelligence said in a symposium last month. First is an overhead architecture “that will provide us with a truly integrated system of systems for the first time, along with much greater persistence.”

Second is the Defense Clandestine Service, which defense officials said provides increased integration between the Defense Intelligence Agency and the broader intelligence community. Vickers said the service “enable[s] us to be more effective in the collection of national-level clandestine human intelligence across a range of targets of paramount interest to the Department of Defense.”

As in the CIA, some of the Defense Department intelligence agents will deploy as non-official cover (NOC), who are operatives who assume covert roles in organizations without ties to the government for which they work. Such intel operatives are typically abbreviated in espionage jargon as a NOC (pronounced “knock”).

In law enforcement circles, this position would be deep-undercover investigators whose true identities are known to only their handlers and selected police commanders.

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), which has been overwhelmed by the requirements of providing tactical intelligence for combat troops in several theaters, is hoping to become more of a strategic intelligence agency focused on emerging threats and more closely aligned with the CIA and elite military commando units, according to sources.

“Military intelligence units in the past have been more concerned with collecting and analyzing tactical intelligence in the short-term for use by troops in the field,” said Michael Snopes, a former military intelligence officer and police detective.

“What the Pentagon wishes to create is a strategic intelligence component that will provide the policymakers and general staff with intelligence necessary for military preparedness in the long-term, Snopes said.

According to a Senate intelligence advisor, the Pentagon plan includes many more clandestine operatives who will be assigned globally. The agents will be trained by CIA instructors and may work with members of the Joint Special Operations Command, but they will get their intelligence assignments and orders from the Pentagon “brass.”

“This is a major adjustment for national security,” said DIA Director Michael Flynn speaking at a recent conference.

The DIA overhaul, combined with the CIA expansion, will help to create a U.S. spy network of unprecedented size. It reflects the Obama administration’s affinity for espionage and covert action over conventional force, said the Washington Post report.

Pentagon officials added that sending more DIA operatives overseas will shore up intelligence on subjects that the CIA is not able or willing to pursue, the Post’s sources stated.

The Moral Liberal Contributing Editor, Jim Kouri, CPP, is the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Contact Jim.