Defense

April 24, 2012

New defense service enhances intelligence capabilities

by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
American Forces Press Service

The Defense Department has begun a new effort to better integrate defense intelligence with the broader intelligence community and make the department a better, more versatile organization, a senior Pentagon spokesman told reporters April 24.

“What we’ve done here is we’ve formed a new effort here called the Defense Clandestine Service,” said Navy Capt. John Kirby, the deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for media operations. “It’s essentially designed to integrate defense intelligence capabilities with the broader intelligence community by leveraging unique military capabilities.

“It’s also designed to further professionalize our intelligence workforce and offer some career progression inside the intelligence community,” Kirby added. “And we’ll also provide general direct support, not only to DOD collection, but also to the intelligence community’s collection.”

Kirby said the intent is to use “existing capabilities and existing personnel to better focus on this particular kind of intelligence.”

He noted this new, joint effort, which has already began, is intended to be complementary to other intelligence efforts.

“I think the practical result will be a rebalancing of our efforts and our focus on the human side of intelligence collection,” Kirby said. “We’re very, very proficient at the technical side of intelligence collection and I think this will help us get a little bit better at the human intelligence effort.”

Another benefit of this new effort, according to Kirby, will be better career progression for military officers in the intelligence community as “another professional track for they can pursue.”

Kirby noted while the Defense Clandestine Service is a DOD initiative, it will be in support and complementary to the Director of National Intelligence’s work.

“Yes, there are other intelligence communities who do this and they will continue to do this,” Kirby said. “This isn’t about supplanting anybody, it’s not about taking over anything, it’s not about militarization of intelligence collection; it’s about making us better contributors to the overall team effort.”

Kirby emphasized this initiative will build upon the best intelligence practices and lessons learned during the past decade.

“We’re a learning organization and we’ve learned a lot over the last 10 years,” he said, “and one of the things we’ve learned is that we can do better in this realm and we can contribute better to the intelligence community across the interagency in this realm.”

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
CAE photograph

MH-60R FMS team supports Royal Australian Navy

CAE photograph A military representative ìfliesî the MH-60R Seahawk tactical operational flight trainer over Sydney, Australia, during a recent simulation event. In February, the Royal Australian Navy procured a trainer, simi...
 
 
marines-F35

U.S. Marine Corps begins F-35B operational trials

Six U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II jet aircraft arrived May 18 aboard the USS WASP off the coast of the United States’ Eastern Seaboard to mark the beginning of the first shipboard phase of the F-35B Operational Tes...
 
 
Navy photograph by Seaman Shelby M. Tucker

Navy declares IOC capability for new rolling airframe missile

Navy photograph by Seaman Shelby M. Tucker The amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) participates in training exercises with the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima is underway conducting aqmp...
 

 
Huntington Ingalls Industries photograph by Ricky Thompson

Navy lays keel for PCU Indiana

Huntington Ingalls Industries photograph by Ricky Thompson A welder carves the initials of ship’s sponsor Diane Donald on a metal plate during the keel laying ceremony for the future Virginia-class attack submarine Indian...
 
 
Air Force photograph by PO2 Aidan P. Campbell

Navy announces successful test of EMLS

Air Force photograph by PO2 Aidan P. Campbell The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits the James River during the ship’s launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the f...
 
 
Air Force photograph by A1C Ryan Conroy

Air Commandos bid farewell to MC-130P Combat Shadows

Air Force photograph by A1C Ryan Conroy Two MC-130P Combat Shadows fly by during their final flight May 15, 2015, at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The final two Combat Shadows in the Air Force landed for the last time here in front of m...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>