Tuesday, August 12, 2008

DIA...Counterintelligence permission granted...

From Secrecy News:


With the establishment of its Defense Counterintelligence and HumanIntelligence Center (DCHC) on August 3, the Defense Intelligence Agency now has new authority to engage in offensive counterintelligence operations that seek to thwart foreign intelligence activities.

If defensive counterintelligence is checkers, then offensive counterintelligence is chess. Unlike defensive counterintelligence, offensive counterintelligence is intended to "make something happen," a DIA spokesman said last week. It may involve infiltration, active deception and disruption of opposing intelligence services. It is hard to do well."

DIA joins just three other military organizations authorized to carry out offensive counterintelligence operations--the Army Counterintelligence office, the Navy Criminal Investigative Serve and the Air Force office of Special Investigations," reported Pamela Hessof the Associated Press.

See "DIA's New Mission Adds to Intel Arsenal," August 5:


Defense Intelligence Agency described the origins and intended functions of the new DCHC in a news media briefing last week. The transcript is here:



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