In Brennan’s Private Sector Stint, a Chinese Connection
Eamon Javers | @EamonJavers
Published 6:58 PM ET Wed, 6 Feb 2013 Updated 9:01 AM ET Mon, 11 Feb 2013
John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to be director of the CIA, like many government employees took a three-year turn through the private sector before rejoining the administration – but it was nothing like the blandly profitable corporate stints of other federal bureaucrats.
When Brennan went to work for a private intelligence contractor called The Analysis Corporation, he entered a murky milieu of transnational private spy firms with taxpayer-fueled profits. And he found himself working for a Ferrari-driving foreign boss who made much of his money on the dangerous streets of Iraq.
In that world, Brennan was forced to deal with a situation he would never have faced in his earlier days at the CIA: Brennan’s corporate parent was looking for lucrative contracts from Chinese state-owned companies at the same time Brennan’s unit worked on sensitive US intelligence issues in Washington.
In 2005, between stints as a high-ranking CIA officer and one of the Obama Administration’s top homeland security and counterterrorism experts, Brennan went to work for the little-known Virginia government contracting firm known as The Analysis Corporation. In a convoluted corporate structure, that company was already owned by another entity, and, in 2007, would be snapped up by yet a third firm. During that time, Brennan became an employee in a subsidiary of a London-based security firm controlled by a holding company based in Luxembourg.
According to a corporate document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Brennan was given a compensation package at The Analysis Corporation worth more than $750,000 in 2008, one of just over three years he spent at the McLean, Va., based company. That’s not an enormous salary by corporate standards, but it would have been a lot more than the top range of the federal government’s senior executive service that guides CIA pay, which tops out at around $200,000 per year.
John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to be director of the CIA, went to work for a private intelligence contractor called The Analysis Corporation for a few years between stints as a high-ranking CIA officer and one of the Obama Administration’s top homeland security and counterterrorism experts .
Federal contracting documents aren’t much help, either: One contract with the Federal Acquisition Service worth up to $42 million is described as being for “ADP Facility Management” and “Other Computer Related Services.”
And it boasted that “Fuzzy Finder” in particular had been “continuously operational within the government” since the software was written, and “has been a very effective tool for finding the names of suspected or known terrorists in various databases.”