Worse than that, we're doing it about 15 years too late. Didn't State have some version of this for their mission, nevermind that State screwed the GWOT pooch across the globe?We're reinventing the wheel, methinks.
CIA case officers were running/supporting/arming Hmong guerilla groups in Laos...The agency was also operating a civilian air transport company which was, at times, utilized by USAID.This type of USAID capability subject is one that has popped up in news articles at least as early as the late 1980s. The problem is such capability connects back to joint CIA and military activities happening primarily in Laos back during the 1960s and 1970s, but also other regions such as Africa.. It had detrimental affect on USAID and other nonmilitary humanitarian aid programs being invited into developing nations. In fact the government of Laos only allowed USAID presence back into Laos a few years ago.
Consider also other US government programs such as the Peace Corps which would also suffer under imagination of such programs being cover for special programs in the field (area or zone of operations) having appearance of being organized in a military manner having capability to
conduct of special operations not assigned to other Government agencies (Department of Defense/CIA) and not under direct control of theater or area commanders.