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Pentagon spooks get own spy service
Monday - 4/23/2012, 1:17pm EDT
AP Intelligence Writer
Washington (AP) - The Pentagon is rebranding and reorganizing its clandestine spy shop, sending more of its case officers to work alongside CIA officers to gather intelligence in places like China, after a decade of focusing intensely on war zones.
A senior defense official says several hundred case officers will make up the new Defense Clandestine Service.
Defense Department personnel already gather intelligence globally on everything from terrorism to weapons of mass destruction, mostly working out of CIA stations in embassies.
But the Defense Intelligence Agency did not always reward that experience with promotions, so its officers often left for the CIA, one senior defense official said. The official spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the classified program. The new service is meant to change that.
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