Old Clocks wallpaper

Old Clocks wallpaper 1280×1024. Old clock faces actually.

Outsourcing Intelligence

Over the past six years, a quiet revolution has occurred in the intelligence community toward wide-scale outsourcing to corporations and away from the long-established practice of keeping operations in US government hands, with only select outsourcing of certain jobs to independently contracted experts. Key functions of intelligence agencies are now run by private corporations. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) revealed in May that 70 percent of the intelligence budget goes to contractors.

For all practical purposes, effective control of the NSA is with private corporations, which run its support and management functions. As the Washington Post’s Walter Pincus reported last year, more than 70 percent of the staff of the Pentagon’s newest intelligence unit, CIFA (Counterintelligence Field Activity), is made up of corporate contractors. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) lawyers revealed at a conference in May that contractors make up 51 percent of the staff in DIA offices. At the CIA, the situation is similar. Between 50 and 60 percent of the workforce of the CIA’s most important directorate, the National Clandestine Service (NCS), responsible for the gathering of human intelligence, is composed of employees of for-profit corporations.

For years we’ve been told that as much of government should be privatized as possible. Repeated like a mantra. The benefits were dubious from the start it was and still is like the chant of an unruly crowd without rhyme or reason. There was the claim that it would save tax payers money – that has proved to be ridiculous. Corporations are not charities they operate to make profits for themselves and share holders; in this case profits paid by mostly middle-class wage earners. The other supposed benefit is efficiency. That fails to be the case when corporate interests will interfere with making an intelligence analysis as unbiased as possible.