U.S. Department of Defense (Pentagon) to form a new spy agency tasked with gathering intelligence from countries which are new threats, including Iran and China. Establishment of this agency is one of the U.S. effort to expand beyond their espionage war zone.
Quoted from the New York Times, Monday, April 23, 2012, the establishment of a new agency called the Defense Clandestine Service (DCS) has been approved by the U.S. Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta, last week. Later, the agency will work closely with the CIA in intelligence gathering abroad.
According to Pentagon military official who declined to be named, a new spy agency was formed after the intelligence findings issued last year. According to the study, military espionage should be more focused on major targets outside tactical battlefield like Iraq and Afghanistan.
This study was followed by the announcement by Barack Obama earlier this year about the new military policy. Looking ahead, the U.S. will change their security focus from the Middle East to Asia, and will only involved in single war.
DCS intelligence gathering operations will be focused on global issues beyond the battlefield. The agency will then share it with the other U.S. spy agency.
This information will then be operating platform for a variety of U.S. spy agencies around the world. “The agency will widen the scope of the U.S. around the world. This new agency will ensure that the agents are in the right location for their duties,” the official said.
China and Iran
Pentagon officials declined to say which countries are the main target of this new agency. New York Times wrote, China and Iran are the main targets. It is based on U.S. efforts in recent years in tackling terrorism and promoting nuclear non-proliferation.
In addition, the new focus of U.S. military in various countries in Asia to counter China’s influence is suspected in the South China Sea.
Human resources for the new espionage agency, the U.S. will move the assignment of soldiers who were working as spies abroad. Most of them are in the Defense Intelligence Agency agents who gather intelligence on the battlefield.
In this way, the Pentagon did not need to hire more people and spend a lot of U.S. government funds that are currently being save