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Damien Van Puyvelde

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474450225

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474450225.001.0001

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The Growth of Intelligence Contracting in the Post-Cold War Era

The Growth of Intelligence Contracting in the Post-Cold War Era

(p.76) 3 The Growth of Intelligence Contracting in the Post-Cold War Era
Outsourcing US Intelligence

Damien Van Puyvelde

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter charts and explains the rise of intelligence outsourcing in the post-Cold War era. In the 1990s, the private sector led the information technology revolution and became an indispensable asset for the intelligence community. Meanwhile government policies downsized the government intelligence workforce and a number of experienced officials moved to the private sector. Intelligence contracting boomed in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks because the private sector offered a pool of knowledge and capabilities that managers deemed necessary at the time. The government hired thousands of contractors to intensify the national intelligence effort rapidly, and outsourcing diversified to an unprecedented level. In the atmosphere of emergency that characterized the early days of the global war on terrorism, this expansion was not planned, and a variety of contractors related to the intelligence community in ways that were not always harmonious and economically viable.

Keywords:   IT revolution, In-Q-Tel, Outsourcing, Privatisation, Contractors, Global War on Terrorism, Downsizing

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