SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) is a FORTUNE 500 scientific, engineering and technology applications company headquartered in the United States with numerous federal, state, and private sector clients. It works extensively with the United States Department of Defense, the United States Department of Homeland Security, and the United States Intelligence Community, including the National Security Agency, as well as other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. SAIC is also one of the top ten biggest defense contractors for the United States and remains relatively under the radar.
SAIC was founded by Dr. J. Robert “Bob” Beyster in 1969 in La Jolla, California, as Science Applications Incorporated. He was Chairman of the Board until his retirement in July 2004, and also served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) until November 2003. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) designated Dr. Beyster an Honorary Program Manager for his distinguished contributions to the agency over his career.
On November 3, 2003, Kenneth C. Dahlberg was named the CEO of SAIC, ending Beyster’s 30+ years of leadership. In 1967 he started his career with Hughes Aircraft, where he held various engineering, program management and leadership positions and served successively as president of three different corporate divisions. After Raytheon acquired Hughes in 1997, he became president and chief operating officer of Raytheon Systems Company. In 2000, he became executive vice president for business development and president of Raytheon International.
In fiscal year 2003, SAIC did over $2.6 billion in business with the United States Department of Defense, making it the ninth largest defense contractor in the United States. Other large contracts include their contract for information technology for the 2004 Olympics in Greece and from 2001 to 2005, SAIC was the primary contractor for the FBI’s unsuccessful Virtual Case File project. SAIC relocated its corporate headquarters to their existing facilities in Tysons Corner in unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia, near McLean, in September 2009.
In 2002, SAIC was chosen by the NSA to produce a technology demonstration platform for the agency’s Trailblazer Project in a contract worth $280 million. Trailblazer is a “Digital Network Intelligence” system, intended to analyze data carried on computer networks. Project participants included Boeing, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Booz Allen Hamilton. SAIC had also participated in the concept definition phase of Trailblazer, beginning March 2001.According to science news site PhysOrg.com, Trailblazer was a continuation of the earlier ThinThread program. In 2005 NSA director Michael Haydn told a Senate hearing that the Trailblazer program was several hundred million dollars over budget and years behind schedule.
Trailblazer is a NSA programme intended to analyze data carried on computer networks. It can be used to track communication methods such as cell phones and e-mail. According to science news site PhysOrg.com, Trailblazer was a continuation of the earlier ThinThread program. In 2002 a consortium led by Science Applications International Corporation was chosen by the NSA to produce a technology demonstration platform for the agency’s Trailblazer program in a contract worth $280 million. Project participants included Boeing, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Booz Allen Hamilton. The project was overseen by NSA Deputy Director William B. Black, Jr., a former SAIC employee.
SAIC had also participated in the concept definition phase of Trailblazer, beginning March 2001.In 2005 NSA director Michael Hayden told a Senate hearing that the Trailblazer program was several hundred million dollars over budget and years behind schedule.
A series of articles on the problems with Trailblazer was written by Baltimore Sun reporter Siobahn Gorman in 2006-2007. She received an award for this work from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Several anonymous NSA sources told Hosenball of Newsweek that the project was a “wasteful failure”
Connecting the Dots:
SAIC conducted very lucrative business with Booz Allen Hamilton back in 2002 along with Boeing and various other intelligence firms with the Trailblazer Project to analyze (spy) network data for the NSA. Essentially, Metal Gear software, or at least an important component of the Metal Gear apparatus. SAIC, Booz Allen, and Boeing seem to be key players who continually appear in our extensive research over and over again.
Pisani is an executive at TASC and seems to be the top level contact, first for the stripping of the Romas/COIN business (more on this in a later post), and later for the acquisition of the struggling HBGary Federal.
According to our latest research, TASC, Inc. describes itself as “a renowned provider of advanced systems engineering, integration and decision–support services across the intelligence, defense, homeland security and federal markets.” It’s also a major target of our investigation due to correspondence discovered between HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr and TASC executives Al Pisani and John Lovegrove which show collusion regarding efforts to establish surveillance capabilities for use on the American people via a project called Romas/COIN. Specifically, TASC and HBGary Federal were in talks with each other as well as Mantech executive Bob Frisbie on a “recompete” pursuant to “counter intelligence” operations that were already being conducted on behalf of the federal government by another firm, SAIC, with which they hoped to compete for contracts. The discussions occurred in early February of 2010. The COIN team that was to be built out of this does not seem to have developed, partly due to the discovery by Barr that SAIC had teamed up with Northrop Grumman to pursue the contract renewal.
In an email sent by Barr to Lovegrove and Pisani:
All, I am fairly certain that NG is teaming with SAIC for the recompete. This creates a significant challenge that we need to discuss.
Another e-mail sent to a half-dozen executives at TASC later in the year indicates that Barr met with Apple, which showed interest in joining “the team” for the purpose of establishing surveillance networks. Barr also notes that the team in question should consider utilizing the online game company Zynga for the purpose. Zynga has been cited by informants as being involved in surveillance and data modelling targeted at its customer base.
In another email sent by Barr to TASC execs Al Pisani, Chris Clair, Ray Heider, Irene Harris, and John Lovegrove:
I had a very good conversation with Apple today on the phone. I am going to meet with them in person tomorrow. They are interested in being on the team. I am going to do a little research but the more I think about this model I think we also need to look for a smaller social networking company, maybe like a foursquare and also a social gaming company maybe like zynga, gameloft, etc. Just a thought.
Zynga is a social network game developer located in San Francisco, California, United States. The company develops browser-based games that work both stand-alone and as application widgets on social networking websites such as Facebook and MySpace. Arm The Homeless has already posted and extensive article on Facebook’s connections with the intelligence community/industry called “The Spying Machine”.
Seeing now that spying and gathering intelligence on American citizens and the poor, zombie-like players of such games as Farmville and Mafia Wars, why wouldn’t corporations such as Apple and SAIC jump on it? Profit is profit and that’s what corporations do; make profits by any means necessary.
If a system rewards individuals who invade your privacy and catalog everything you do online and off hundreds of times more than say school teachers or firefighters, that system is broken. Join Operation Metal Gear and show the people just how broken it really is.