Pentagon, United States (4E) – In a major expansion plan of its intelligence gathering service, the Pentagon on Sunday said that it would send hundreds of additional spies around the globe to create an espionage network, which would be even bigger that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in size.
The expansion plan is the brainchild of the Defense Ministry, which wants to transform the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) into a spy service with its primary focus on emerging threats. In the past decade, the DIA has served as per the demands of the two wars that U.S. led in Afghanistan as well as in Iraq.
The five-year project will closely work with elite military commando units and the CIA, a report in The Washington Post said.
On the completion of the DIA’s expansion, some 1,600 “collectors” would be seen deployed in different parts of the world. Further, the CIA will train those who do not work undercover. They will also get an opportunity to work with the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command.
However, the Department of Defense will only be authorized to assign them spying assignments. “This is a major adjustment for national security,” DIA Director Michael Flynn said at a recent conference.