Note: no comment on Howard Cohen's integrity but by someone sending me his emails that are both for SAIC and NSA it not only shows his versatility but how "symbiotic" hardee har NSA and SAIC are!
Howard H. Cohen Senior Information Assurance Engineer NSA/SAIC Contractor PP/CCEVS Staff Support 410-854-4458 firstname.lastname@example.org Howard.H.Cohen@saic.com
SAIC’s largest and most well-known customer in the intelligence community is the National Security Agency. Indeed, so many NSA officials have gone to work at SAIC that intelligence insiders call the company "NSA West." SAIC also does a significant amount of work for the Central Intelligence Agency, where it is among the top five contractors.
More than 5,000 SAIC employees, or about one in every seven, hold security clearances. They offer “domain expertise” across a wide range of intelligence, including counterterrorism, counter-proliferation, remote sensing and imaging, intelligence analysis support, signal analysis and processing, signal intelligence systems, surveillance and reconnaissance systems, and unmanned aerial vehicles. SAIC's extensive work for intelligence agencies requires it to be constantly searching for new employees with security clearances. “We really are a hiring machine,” CEO Ken Dahlberg told analysts during a recent earnings conference call. “If you are a cleared polygraph intel specialist, you command a lot of activity. So we are doing our best to find ways to keep, as well as hire, these kind of folks.”
According to the SAIC website, the company develops “solutions to help the US defense, intelligence, and homeland security communities build an integrated intelligence picture, allowing them to be more agile and dynamic in challenging environments and produce actionable intelligence.” Its website defines its role as providing “mission-critical intelligence support in the war on terror.” Interviewed in a SAIC internal newsletter, Larry Prior, a 30-year veteran of U.S. intelligence who runs the company’s Intelligence and Security Group, explained: “That’s where you have anywhere from 10 to 100 employees and, oh, by the way, the future of the nation rests on their backs.”
NSA. SAIC has a somewhat symbiotic relationship with the NSA: The agency is the company's largest single customer, and SAIC is the NSA’s largest contractor. The company’s penchant for hiring former intelligence officials played an important role in its advancement. The story of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_B._Black,_Jr. William Black] is another case in point. In 1997, the 40-year NSA veteran was hired as an SAIC vice president "for the sole purpose of soliciting NSA business," according to a published account.  Three years later, after NSA initially funded Trailblazer, Black went back to the agency to manage the program; within a year, SAIC won the master contract for the program.
Other key SAIC hires for its intelligence division include John Thomas, a retired army major general and commander of the US Army Intelligence Center; Larry Cox, an 11-year NSA veteran and former director of Lockheed Martin's SIGINT division; and John J. Hamre, the former deputy secretary of defense in the Clinton administration.* Two former secretaries of defense, William J. Perry and Melvin Laird, as well as the current secretary, Bob Gates, have served on its board of directors. For most of the Bush administration, SAIC’s top intelligence man was Duane Andrews, SAIC’s corporate executive vice president. For years, he ran SAIC’s NSA programs, including its contract for Trailblazer (under that project, he once declared that SAIC “will continue to provide NSA with all the technology and systems support needed to help them achieve their goals.” ). Before coming to SAIC, Andrews had been a close aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. Their ties dated back to the first Gulf War, when he was an assistant secretary of defense in Cheney’s Pentagon (Andrews is now the CEO of QinetiQ’s North American operations).
and than I found this...