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“The biggest company you’ve never heard of” acquired by major military contractor you’ve heard of

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 Talon    716

Last week, one of the biggest names in military-intelligence contracting, SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) acquired“the biggest [military-intelligence] company you’ve never heard of,” Scitor, for $790 million.

That quote about Scitor was told by a former NSA officer to investigative journalist Tim Shorrock, author of the definitive book on the military-intelligence complex, “Spies For Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing”. In the press release, SAIC describes its newest acquisition as “a leading national security provider focused on classified US Air Force and intelligence community programs,” with annual revenues of $600 million.

Scitor is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, a few miles from SAIC’s headquarters, just across the Potomac from every military-intel contractors’ favorite feeding trough. But Scitor runs a large operation center in Sunnyvale, just a few blocks from Moffett Field.

In a recent post, Shorrock describes the secretive Scitor’s business:

“Since its founding in 1979, Scitor has done extensive work for the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology and its Office of Technical Services, the secretive unit that develops the gadgets, weapons and disguises used by spies. Some of Scitor’s contracts for the CIA have involved building and maintaining small satellites used in signals and electronic intelligence.”


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