DOD's new espionage unit to cover broader range of targets

The Defense Department has established a new espionage unit that would have a much broader focus than the department's existing one, which is focused primarily on war zones, a senior defense official said, reports The Washington Post.

The Defense Clandestine Services would coordinate its efforts with the CIA to monitor major targets overseas beyond those associated with battlefield situations in war zones such as Afghanistan and Iraq. In the current climate, this would mean devoting more resources to high-priority targets such as Iran.

The new approach was developed in response to a classified study completed in 2011 by the Director of National Intelligence, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The effort would adjust the scope of work for several hundred military operatives, most of whom are case officers for the Defense Intelligence Agency, the story said.

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