US Intelligence Is More Privatized Than Ever Before

Source: Tim Shorrock, The Nation, September 16, 2015

…US intelligence is more privatized than ever before, with for-profit corporations operating as an equal partner with the surveillance state at nearly every level. … Yet despite these failures, agencies and their congressional allies have ended any pretense of slowing contractor growth or increasing the government’s oversight—steps that were briefly considered when Snowden first revealed himself as a contractor in 2013. Instead, they have opted for self-policing through an internal security system that would make J. Edgar Hoover blush with shame. … The meeting was organized by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). It offered a rare, albeit sketchy, look into the thinking at the senior levels of the key institutions of US intelligence, including the NSA, the CIA, the FBI, and NGA. It was sponsored by many of the powerful players in the intelligence industry, including CACI, SAIC, IBM, Amazon, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin, as well as a dozen smaller, less-known companies just getting started in the business. …


Many intelligence jobs held by private contractors
Source: Associated Press, August 28, 2008

More than a quarter of the U.S. intelligence agencies’ employees are nongovernment contractors, hired to fill in gaps in the military and civilian work force, according to a survey of the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies. That is roughly on par with last year’s number, the first year the national intelligence director’s office tried to count the outside help, Ronald Sanders, the intelligence director’s personnel policy chief, told reporters Wednesday.