Over the past decade, the United States has created a secret army of thousands, whose members perform various tasks of the Pentagon both at home and abroad. This became known to Newsweek following the results of a two-year journalistic investigation.
According to the American newspaper, in total, the secret network includes at least about 60 thousand people, while the real number of such agents maybe even more. The program involves about 130 private organizations, as well as dozens of little-known and secret government organizations. More than $900 million is spent annually on maintaining the secret army, Newsweek estimates. These funds are used, in particular, to produce false documents for agents operating under false names, to pay bills and taxes on their behalf, and to create special tracking devices and means of disguise.
It is noted that about half of all employees of the secret network are agents from the Special Operations Forces. Some of them work in war zones, for example, in Pakistan and West Africa, tracking terrorists, but most often they are used to carrying out tasks in countries unfriendly to the United States, such as Iran and North Korea. The secret army also includes military intelligence specialists working undercover in different countries.
In addition, the newspaper writes, within the secret network there are thousands of cybersecurity specialists and intelligence gathering available on the Internet. Members of this unit are also involved in ensuring the security of the entire network, helping to hide information about all people and organizations involved in secret Pentagon missions.
Thus, Newsweek notes, spies working for the Pentagon act in much the same way as agents of Russia and China, which official Washington regularly accuses of conducting similar criminal operations.