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Pentagon plans to deploy hundreds of more spies overseas

Intelligence unit will rival CIA in size after it grows

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will send hundreds of ­additional spies overseas as part of an ambitious plan to assemble an espionage network that rivals the CIA in size, US ­officials said.

The project is aimed at transforming the Defense Intelligence Agency, dominated for the past decade by the demands of two wars, into a spy service focused on emerging threats and more closely aligned with the CIA and elite military commando units.

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