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Senate Crushes Pentagon’s Dreams of Stretching Spy Network
by Ali Papademetriou
Not even two weeks ago, the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency was in the works of showing up the Central Intelligence Agency. The Pentagon announced their plans of using 1,600 operative spies to travel overseas and gather information over the next five years.
As reported by the Washington Post, the intentions of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) DIA operatives would be directed around the Chinese military, Islamist groups in Africa, and Iranian and North Korean weapons trading. Specifics on the operations have been ambiguous considering they’re classified, but the plans have been in the hopes of the DoD for years now.
Interestingly though, it wasn’t long before the Senate Armed Services Committee lashed back and noted that the Pentagon needs to work on a lot of improvements before Congress would consider passing something like that. RT reported on Tuesday, “In a surprise addition made last week to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, or NDAA, members of the Senate added a provision to the annual Pentagon spending bill that disrupts recently announced plans to put clandestine officers from the Department of Defense’s DIA overseas.”
Only a few days after the Washington Post revealed the DoD’s spy plans, the Senate Armed Services Committee wrote, “[The DoD] needs to demonstrate that it can improve the management of clandestine HUMINT [Defense Human Intelligence] before undertaking any further expansion,” in a drafting of S. 3254, a measure which passed in next year’s NDAA bill.
Even though the Senate Armed Services Committee apparently “appreciates the fact” that the DIA and undersecretary of intelligence “intend to make reforms” with the Pentagon to “correct longstanding problems”, legislators say that the Pentagon has to take care of some issues before their wishes can be granted.
Members of the Senate explained in their commentary, “These problems include inefficient utilization of personnel trains at significant expense to conduct clandestine HUMINT; poor or non-existent career management for trained HUMINT personnel; cover challenged; and unproductive deployment locations.”
Committee members went on to write, “Multiple studies since the end of the Cold War document these deficiencies and they led to Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the United States Intelligence Community, chaired by two former Secretaries of Defense, to recommend transferring to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) all responsibilities for the clandestine recruitment of human sources, utilizing military personnel on detail from the DoD as necessary.”
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