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Sunday, November 9, 2014
Defense Clandestine Service (DFS)
Little is known about the Defense Clandestine Service (DFS) outside of the intelligence community. This newly established entity of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) was set up a few years back. Some in Congress saw it as a redundant intelligence service and scaled back its funding; but to this day the DFS survives. The Pentagon's overseas spy service is a complimentary organization (some say potential rival) to the CIA and will deploy up to 500 undercover operatives to work alongside agents from the CIA and intelligence operatives from the special operations forces. The DFS agents receive the same training as CIA agents (at The Farm). Learn more about the DFS in "Pentagon's plans for a spy service to rival the CIA have been pared back", The Washington Post, November 1, 2014.