Cash register ringing for NSA’s corporate suitors

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The decision by the US National Security Agency to build 5.8 million square feet of data-storage and office space by 2029 has drawn mixed reactions by intelligence observers. But for businesses in northern Utah, where the NSA is preparing to build a million-square-foot facility, at Camp Williams, it’s party time, in the middle of a crippling word-wide economic recession. The gigantic government Agency, which is tasked with worldwide communications surveillance, as well as communications security, will build the billion-dollar facility within the next two years, and is already consulting with building contractors. But how does one do business with the notoriously secretive NSA? In an age when the corporate outsourcing of intelligence agencies has reached unprecedented proportions, the Maryland-headquartered NSA employs hundreds of contractors, for such things as “construction, plumbing, electricity, landscaping”, and even “dog food for its K-9 unit”, according to The Maryland Gazette. But to get its foot in the NSA’s door, a company is required to go through a yearlong application process, which those in the know describe as “bureaucratic” and “cumbersome”. The lengthy process effectively favors large corporations over smaller businesses, since the former have the luxury to hire administrators specifically tasked with managing the labyrinthine application process. Moreover, a company must essentially be invited by someone inside the NSA, in the form of “a technical recommendation from an NSA employee”. Without it, it cannot be let into the select club of approved contractors. The way around this, according to the Agency’s industry outreach director, Mark Barnett, who agrees that “it’s very difficult to get access to anyone at NSA”, is “to network”. In other words, businesses are invited to lobby NSA employees for access to the potential goldmine that is an NSA contract. According to Shawn Justice, CEO of Enlighten, an information technology consulting firm in Maryland, “there’s a ton of opportunities and a ton of contract dollars” at NSA. Undoubtedly, the Agency’s corporate suitors can already hear the cash register ringing.

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One Response to Cash register ringing for NSA’s corporate suitors

  1. Taylor says:

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