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Defence Clandestine Service was envisioned as rival to CIA, but its numbers will be cut in half after lawmakers question its cost and purpose The Pentagon has scaled back its plan to assemble an overseas spy service that could have rivalled the CIA in size, backing away from a project that faced opposition from lawmakers who questioned its purpose and cost, current and former US officials said. Under the revised blueprint, the Defence Intelligence Agency will train and deploy up to 500 undercover officers, roughly half the size of the espionage network envisioned two years ago when the formation of the Defence Clandestine Service was announced. Comment?
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