CIFA 2.0 Back in the Outsourcing Business

Remember the Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA)? Here’s how I described it back in 2007.

CIFA is, along with the National Security Letters Congress is now cracking down on, probably the biggest abuse of civil rights and privacy BushCo has hatched up. It was designed to gather intelligence on threats to defense installments in the United States–to try to collect information (in the TALON database) on threatening people scoping out domestic bases. But it ended up focusing on peace activists and the lefty blogosphere’s own Jesus’ General70 percent of CIFA’s employees are contractors, a figure that makes it a prime candidate for politicized contracting scandal.

Among the contractors spying on Americans was MZM, one of the companies that bribed Duke Cunningham. Prosecutors in that case started investigating MZM’s CIFA contracts in May 2006. Three months after that, the top two managers at CIFA, who had directed CIFA keep sending MZM contracts, resigned suddenly. When DOD’s Inspector General tried to investigate CIFA in 2007, it discovered (it claimed) that the entire CIFA database had been destroyed in June 2006, just as prosecutors were closing in on those contracts.

Later, in 2008, just as CIFA was claiming it couldn’t publicly reveal its unclassified contracts, we learned that Stephen Cambone (who had led one of the inquiries into CIFA), had won a contract from it, sort of a payoff for not finding anything, I guess.

Later that year, DOD “disestablished” CIFA.

Or rather, they renamed it, calling it the Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center. Then, last year, we learned that database DOD claimed had been destroyed in 2006 really hadn’t been, and CIFA 2.0 was getting back in the business of keeping a database of information on big threats to the US like Quakers and bloggers.

The Defense Intelligence Agency wants to open a new repository for information about individuals and groups in what appears to be a successor to a controversial counterintelligence program that was disbanded in 2008.

The new Foreign Intelligence and Counterintelligence Operation Records section will be housed in DIA’s Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center, or DCHC, formed after the demise of the Counterintelligence Field Activity, or CIFA, according to an announcement that appeared Tuesday in the Federal Register.

The “activity” was disbanded, but evidently not its records database, which seems to be headed to the new unit. One of the criticisms of CIFA was that it vacuumed up raw intelligence on legal protest groups and individuals from local police and military spies.

When the DCHC was launched in 2008, the Pentagon said “it shall NOT be designated as a law enforcement activity and shall not perform any law enforcement functions previously assigned to DoD CIFA.”

Why the new depository would want such records while its parent agency no longer has a law enforcement function could not be learned. Not could it be learned whether the repository will include intelligence reports on protest groups gathered by its predecessor, CIFA.

The only thing left, at that point, was to figure out what defense contractor was getting rich spying on American citizens.

The answer? Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin has openings for talented and motivated professionals in the counterintelligence (CI) field to be part of an evolving and highly specialized team that will provide direct support to the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center (DCHC).

The team Lockheed Martin is assembling a team which will function in CI areas such as: force protection; support to Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF); CI in Cyberspace; research, development and acquisitions; critical infrastructure protection; CI support to Offensive CI Operations; analysis & production (A&P); collections; campaigns; policy; assessments; TSCM; security; information assurance, and Enterprise governance support (administrative).

Not only is the entire concept wrong, using contractors to spy on Quakers and bloggers. Not only is it especially troublesome that Lockheed–a company with close ties to NSA–is doing this work (which would make it easy for reports from physical surveillance to migrate into the signals surveillance NSA does). But note what else is now included in CIFA 2.0: “CI in Cyberspace.” That is, Lockheed with its close ties to NSA is now in charge of spying on those claimed to present an online counterintelligence threat to the United States. And maybe doing things like hacking a media site to try to exercise illegal prior restraint.

  1. donbacon says:

    Lockheed Martin — spying?

    from the web:
    CIA and Lockheed Martin opened the source code of analytical web-platforms

    Matthew Barton (Matthew Burton), a former CIA analyst, made by the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. permission to open it developed with the participation of the project Collaborative ACH, which is a web-oriented platform for building social networks to ensure effective joint work of experts and analysts involved in the analysis of threats and sorting out complex international situations. The platform was designed three years ago and apart from the CIA has been implemented by the Ministry of Defense. After the settlement of issues of copyright and agree with the leadership managed to get permission to publish the code platform under a free license.

    Lockheed Martin Eureka Streams includes tools for creating and maintaining blogs, wiki-pages, bookmarks, and managing e-mail correspondents

    For the past four years, Lockheed has been developing an internal collaboration platform that sought to incorporate the latest Web 2.0 tools inside the organization. Initially, Lockheed’s Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) group launched Project Unity. Unity integrates Google Enterprise Search Appliance (GSA), Microsoft’s Windows Sharepoint Services (WSS) and NewsGator’s Enterprise Server.

    But according to Shawn Dahlen, Social Media Program Manager in charge of the internal product development of Eureka Streams, Unity focused heavily on capturing content, such as blogs, wiki’s, forums, and social bookmarking. The problem, he said, was that they weren’t “seeing conversation around that content.”

    Lockheed Martin Launches Eureka Streams Open Source Project For Enterprise Social Networking

    GAITHERSBURG, Md., July 26th, 2010 — Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today launched the Eureka StreamsTM open source project for enterprise social networking. Eureka Streams helps knowledge workers make informed decisions by finding relevant colleagues and groups, following their streams of activity, and engaging in conversation. Eureka Streams represents a new communication experience for knowledge workers, empowering them to pick and choose the channels of news, information, and conversation that add the most value to their day-to-day work.

    “Lockheed Martin drives social media adoption by finding innovative ways to integrate a social dimension into our existing processes and tools,” said Monica McManus, Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions, which recently deployed Eureka Streams to more than 36,000 employees.

    Built on open standards and powered by open source, the Eureka Streams Community Edition is licensed to developers under the Apache 2.0 open source license. Developers are invited to learn more at In the future, Lockheed Martin plans to offer editions of Eureka Streams for use by enterprise customers.

    Eureka Streams is a free, open source enterprise social networking platform developed by Lockheed Martin. Activity streams and gadgets make up its core functionality. Content within Eureka Streams consists primarily of microblogs and internal and external web feeds. Users typically provide links to other content, such as wikis, blogs, and shared documents housed in a content management system.

  2. DWBartoo says:

    Clearly, EW, this post frightened everybody away.

    No doubt Lockheed Martin’s brief will expand, over time, to disable communication among ANY whose views are deemed to be a “threat” to the PTB and the MOTU … and naturally all such activities of LM will be protected under state’s secrets and no one will have the “standing” to object effectively.

    Lockheed Martin already has its fingers in the “official” operations of many state governments in America. One images that “hard times” cutbacks will rarely, if ever cause LM any consternation.

    Thanks EW, for this post and the “heads up!” it contains.

    And, bmaz is correct. It is a nice, handsome post, and kind of “cute” in a looky forwardy way.