Sunday, December 25, 2011


OSINT News read Spies for Hire, where investigative reporter Tim Shorrock discusses the outsourcing of top secret intelligence activities to private-sector contractors. Ever since 9-11, the CIA searched for analysts and linguists via corporations "outside" the intelligence community to perform sensitive tasks. It is now, according to sources, a $50 billion-a-year business that consumes up to 70 percent of the US intelligence budget.

Spies for Hire takes an extremely negative position regarding this practice.  Shorrock  mentions corporations such as Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, SAIC, CACI International, and IBM and describes how they have partnered up  with the CIA, the National Security Agency, and the Pentagon in their most sensitive foreign and domestic operations. Shorrock's negativity shines through when he exaggerates the downfalls of IC outsourcing, including wasteful spending, the erosion of privacy protections and congressional oversight, etc. 

Perhaps, the news coverage of Blackwater permeated his thinking. The outside contractors OSINT News investigated are superior companies in terms of staff expertise and training. For example, for more than three decades, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)—the largest employee-owned research and technology company in the United States—has achieved unparalleled success in the areas of science, engineering, and technology, all while flying well below the radar of most casual business observers. The SAIC evolved as an ongoing experiment and it continues to grow exponentially—with $8 billion in annual revenues—by applying counter intuitive operating principles that cut against the grain of contemporary business practice. SAIC is a major outsourcing resource which the CIA depends upon to protect America.

OSINT News disagrees with the draconian predictions of Shorrock's book, Spies for Hire. CACI International was mentioned as well, with a negative overtone. To ignore and shun CACI's expertise would be a national security threat.  In fact, Charlie Allen, a man we admire and met in person at an AFIO seminar in Tyson Corners, Va., is a renown and widely respected CIA veteran who now works for the Chertoff Group.

OSINT News supports the Intelligence Community (IC) in their efforts to outsource intelligence-gathering and the conducting of sensitive operations. After all, al Qaeda is expanding operations by befriending heretofore enemies in order to harm America. These new al Qaeda outsourcing cells are popping up around the globe quicker than Chicken Delight and McDonald's!

OSINT News read through the prospectus' of these private contractors, which Shorrock wrote so negatively about and, quite frankly, found the human and technical skill sets they possess to be superior! So, why train someone in the military or IC when the knowledge can be obtained right away? Many of these highly-skilled people are in the private sector for a number of reasons: downsizing during the 90s, not re-upping their time in the military, etc. Let the supply and demand market unfold! The IC needs their brain power and they've got the grey matter skills to, hire them!

Repositioning and retraining existing staff or hiring completely new people off the street and training them makes little sense. The best solution seems to be to strike a balanced approach, with appropriate  regulations of the contractor/government employee ratio. A balanced ration can be reached.

Of course, there has been negative news regarding contractors working for the military, but contractors are also working for the IC to gather and analyze intelligence information, and to carry out sensitive operations. Sadly, two of the victims of the suicide bomber who infiltrated the secret CIA base in Khost, Afghanistan, in December 2009 were contractors. I hope their names are posted on the memorial plaque in the CIA's foyer.

OSINT News found out that CACI International is searching for an Intelligence Analyst. Below are the details; we're glad to help them out!

CACI Internaltional desires to hire an Intelligence Analyst. Here's what they're looking for:

Experience in targeting, assessing, and recruiting foreign human intelligence (HUMINT) assets and experience in technical operations highly desirable. Provides guidance, case management, and support to field HUMINT collection operations. Coordinates with field, other offices, and other agencies. Reviews and evaluates the overall reporting from assets to help determine asset validity. Understands all-source collection. Good writing and briefing skills, foreign language Skills, foreign area expertise, and/or overseas experience in HUMINT operations highly desired. Provides intelligence support for contingency operations, battle staff and operational-level planning, joint and multi-lateral training exercises, and strategic engagement policy throughout the Areas of Operational Responsibility (AOR) and Areas of Interest (AOI).

• Researches unclassified and classified databases for use in written products.
• Provides research support for analysts who produce Intelligence Community reports and briefings.
• Researches, writes and monitors cable traffic.
• Supports field efforts to target, assess, and recruit foreign intelligence assets.
• Provides guidance, case management, and support to field collection operations.
• Reviews and evaluates the overall reporting from assets to help determine asset validity.
• May serve as a client liaison and coordinates with sub-contractors, government personnel, and technical experts.
• Researches, authors, and coordinates threat assessments to support the Commander and/or leaders in the U.S. civilian intelligence community.
• Present assessments to intelligence community.

Required Qualifications: Typically requires bachelor's degree or equivalent and five to seven years of related experience. Must hold an active TS/SCI clearance with Full Scope Polygraph.

Desired Qualifications: Normal demands associated with an office environment. Ability to work on computer for long periods, and communicate with individuals by telephone, email and face to face. Some travel may be required. May spend a lot of time standing due to laboratory conditions.

To apply or explore further information: John Bentley, Sr. Technical Recruiter, CACI International, Inc., at , 4114 Legato Rd, Fairfax, VA 22033; (703) 679.6839 or visit CACI Careers

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