CIA Out, SOCOM In--"Grey Fox"
Posted By: ZRwatch
Date: 4, November 02, at 10:24 p.m.
MILITARY INTELLIGENCE: CIA Out, SOCOM In--"Grey Fox" military covert action on spending spree
OSS Comment: William Arkin in The Los Angeles Times offers up a really excellent and detailed article on all of the spending that the various military services are directing toward new covert action capabilities, and pays special attention to the Office of the Secretary of Defense resurrection of the old Intelligence Support Activity (ISA), now dubbed "Grey Fox" and proposed for institutionalization as the Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group, (P2OG)--in layman's terms, an organization that will go all over the world poking bees' nests and then trying to kill the individual bees. We cannot fault the Pentagon for trying to make up for what it perceives to be both management and capability deficiencies at the Central Intelligence Agency, but we would get a lot more for the taxpayer dollar if we had a coherent national security strategy focused on reforming intelligence and transforming all of the instruments of national power, not just heavy metal writ black.
EXTRACT: SOUTH POMFRET, Vt. -- In what may well be the largest expansion of covert action by the armed forces since the Vietnam era, the Bush administration has turned to what the Pentagon calls the "black world" to press the war on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. The Defense Department is building up an elite secret army with resources stretching across the full spectrum of covert capabilities. New organizations are being created. The missions of existing units are being revised. Spy planes and ships are being assigned new missions in anti-terror and monitoring the "axis of evil." The increasingly dominant role of the military, Pentagon officials say, reflects frustration at the highest levels of government with the performance of the intelligence community, law enforcement agencies and much of the burgeoning homeland security apparatus. It also reflects the desire of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to gain greater overall control of the war on terror.
SOURCE: Opinion; Editorial Pages Desk; Opinion The Secret War Frustrated by intelligence failures, the Defense Department is dramatically expanding its 'black world' of covert operations William M. Arkin 10/27/2002 Los Angeles Times Home Edition Page M-1
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