View Full Version : Elite Troops Get Expanded Role on Intelligence

03-08-2006, 12:31 PM
8 March New York Times - Elite Troops Get Expanded Role on Intelligence (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/08/international/americas/08forces.html?).

The military is placing small teams of Special Operations troops in a growing number of American embassies to gather intelligence on terrorists in unstable parts of the world and to prepare for potential missions to disrupt, capture or kill them.

Senior Pentagon officials and military officers say the effort is part of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's two-year drive to give the military a more active intelligence role in the campaign against terrorism. But it has drawn opposition from traditional intelligence agencies like the C.I.A., where some officials have viewed it as a provocative expansion into what has been their turf.

Officials said small groups of Special Operations personnel, sometimes just one or two at a time, have been sent to more than a dozen embassies in Africa, Southeast Asia and South America. These are regions where terrorists are thought to be operating, planning attacks, raising money or seeking safe haven.

Their assignment is to gather information to assist in planning counterterrorism missions, and to help local militaries conduct counterterrorism missions of their own, officials said.

The new mission could become a major responsibility for the military's fast-growing Special Operations Command, which was authorized by President Bush in March 2004 to take the lead in military operations against terrorists. Its new task could give the command considerable clout in organizing the nation's overall intelligence efforts...

03-18-2006, 03:48 AM
In principle, I don't have a problem with this though obviously without coordination between the CIA station chief and the Defense attache's office ( I presume the SOCOM person would be part of the Attache's staff - usually there is one or two DIA guys like that anyway in major diplomatic posts) or all hell could break loose as the new in-country SOCOM guy's activities alerts the bad guys that the CIA has already penetrated.