1. Espionage

    Pentagon Forms New Spy Service

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19:  U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill April 19, 2012 in Washington, DC. The two leaders testified about recent developments in the Middle East including the situation in Syria.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    After years focusing on tactical considerations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon is now looking to bolster its espionage work outside the battlefield. The new Defense Clandestine Service will work closely with the CIA to gather intelligence on targets like Iran. The main force behind the change is Michael Vickers, the undersecretary of Defense for intelligence and one of the architects of the CIA's program of arming Islamist militants in their war against the Soviets in Afghanistan. A Defense official says the change isn't meant to usurp the role of the CIA, but as a “realignment” of the military's espionage efforts.

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