Commentary: Shadow Wars: What's the difference between a spook and a special operator?
09/21/12: Rosa Brooks explains in Foreign Policy the increasing role of operators in the IC. Particularly since 9/11, the lines between the military and the intelligence community have gotten fuzzy. The CIA has moved increasingly into paramilitary activities, while the military has moved increasingly into what look like covert intelligence activities. These trends are the result of natural (and largely praiseworthy) efforts by DoD and the intelligence community to respond to changing threats with creativity and agility -- but the end result is confusion and lack of accountability.