On Thursday Steven Aftergood called attention to a number of bizarre documents issued by Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Stephen A. Cambone, one of Donald Rumsfeld’s neoconservative protégés, which purport to codify the Pentagon’s expansion into the arena of counterintelligence.  --  Cambone’s office would appear to be filled with frustrated wannabe lexicographers who spend their days concocting awkward and sometimes absurd circumlocutions for “defined terms.”  --  Consider, for example, this definition of “spying” as a “person”: “E2.1.16.  Spying.  During wartime, any person who is found lurking as a spy or acting as a spy in or about any place, vessel or aircraft, within the control or jurisdiction of any of the Armed Forces or in or about any shipyard, any manufacturing or industrial plant, or any other place or institution engaged in work in aid of the prosecution of the war by the United States, or elsewhere.”  --  Huh?  --  This must be very useful to the men and women of the Department of Defense.  --  A year and a half ago, Seymour Hersh wrote (Moving Targets, New Yorker, Dec. 15, 2003):  “The rising star in Rumsfeld’s Pentagon is Stephen Cambone, the Under-Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, who has been deeply involved in developing the new Special Forces approach.  Cambone, who earned a doctorate in political science from Claremont Graduate University in 1982, served as staff director for a 1998 committee, headed by Rumsfeld, that warned in its report of an emerging ballistic-missile threat to the United States and argued that intelligence agencies should be willing to go beyond the data at hand in their analyses.  Cambone, in his confirmation hearings, in February, told the Senate that consumers of intelligence assessments must ask questions of the analysts -- ‘how they arrived at those conclusions and what the sources of the information were.’ . . . Cambone also shares Rumsfeld’s views on how to fight terrorism.  They both believe that the United States needs to become far more proactive in combatting terrorism, searching for terrorist leaders around the world and eliminating them.  And Cambone, like Rumsfeld, has been frustrated by the reluctance of the military leadership to embrace the manhunting mission.  Since his confirmation, he has been seeking operational authority over Special Forces.  ‘Rumsfeld’s been looking for somebody to have all the answers, and Steve is the guy,’ a former high-level Pentagon official told me.  ‘He has more direct access to Rummy than anyone else.’  As Cambone’s influence has increased, that of Douglas Feith, the Under-Secretary of Defense for Policy, has diminished.”  --  Doug Feith’s departure from the Pentagon has been announced for this summer....

By Steven Aftergood

Secrecy News
June 2, 2005


Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Stephen A. Cambone issued a new DoD Instruction last month that assigns responsibilities and defines procedures for providing Pentagon counterintelligence services.

See "DoD Counterintelligence Functional Services," DoD Instruction 5240.16, May 21, 2005:


Two related instructions issued by Mr. Cambone over the past year are:

"Counterintelligence Support to the Combatant Commands and the Defense Agencies," DOD Instruction 5240.10, May 14, 2004:


"Counterintelligence (CI) Awareness, Briefing, and Reporting Programs," DoD Instruction 5240.6, August 7, 2004: