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Pentagon Battles Politics Over New Spy Teams

Defense Department officials acknowledged Monday that the Pentagon planned to deploy new clandestine military intelligence teams with U.S. troops on counter-terrorism missions worldwide, but denied that the department had kept lawmakers in the dark about the existence and purpose of these units. Defense officials said that the intelligence units, known as Strategic Support Teams, were created to improve human intelligence for U.S. conventional and special operations troops, not to grab power from the CIA, which historically has been the Pentagon’s main source of battlefield intelligence. Full Story

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