The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump may harm the existing relationship between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the U.S. Department of Defense: intelligence officials may be deprived of some of the support they receive from the Pentagon.
According to former and current U.S. officials, the administration is reviewing a memorandum of understanding that the military signed with intelligence 15 years ago. Among other things, the number of U.S. military bases, which the CIA uses for its operations and where its employees and contractors are provided with medical care, may be reduced globally.
It is also reported that the Pentagon is going to reduce the number of military experts assigned to the special service in the fight against terrorism and deprive the CIA of the right to control a large part of the available U.S. fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Some sources view the move as an attempt by Trump to put pressure on the CIA in the final weeks of his administration, but it is noted that such a decision could easily be “rolled back” by the Joe Biden administration.
“The Pentagon is trying to better allocate resources to focus more on confronting China,” a Pentagon spokesman told reporters. Revising the 15-year-old agreement is in the interests of both the Pentagon and the CIA, he said.
In early December, it became known that Joe Biden wants to see David Cohen as head of the CIA, who was previously engaged in developing sanctions against Russia and the investigation of Moscow’s “interference” in the election.