The Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center (DCHC) is a component of the United States Defense Intelligence Agency. It is mandated to manage, develop and execute U.S. Department of Defense counterintelligence and human intelligence activities worldwide;[1] it's also responsible for oversight for training, doctrine, policy, information technology architecture, planning and career management.[2] However, the DCHC has no law enforcement function.[3]

It took over many of the functions and authorities of the Counterintelligence Field Activity, which was disestablished simultaneously with the DCHC's establishment.[4]

In 2012, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced the creation of the Defense Clandestine Service. This has been seen as an upgrading and rebranding of DIA's current HUMINT capabilities. It is still unclear whether the Defense Clandestine Service will supplant DCHS similarly to how the National Clandestine Service supplanted the CIA's Directorate of Operations or whether the Defense Clandestine Service will operate separately and concurrently to DIA's current capabilities.[5]

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