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Pentagon's plans for a spy service to rival the CIA have been pared back


Under the revised blueprint, the Defense Intelligence Agency will train and deploy up to 500 undercover officers, roughly half the size of the espionage network envisioned two years ago when the formation of the Defense Clandestine Service was announced.

The previous plan called for moving as many as 1,000 undercover case officers overseas to work alongside the CIA and the U.S. military's Joint Special Operations Command on counterterrorism missions and other targets of broad national security concern.

Instead, the training schedule has been cut back, and most of those involved will be given assignments that are more narrowly focused on the DIA's traditional mission of gathering intelligence for the Defense Department.

The revised aim is to "stay small but be highly effective," said a former senior U.S. intelligence official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive military planning.

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