Bush Scandals List

305. Cambone’s soft landing

More revolving door. Stephen Cambone, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (March 7, 2003-December 31, 2006 ), part of the chain that led to Abu Ghraib, a major promoter of Rumsfeld’s transformation policy was hired by a British defense research company QinetiQ (pronounced “kinetic”) less than a year after his departure from the Pentagon as their vice president for strategy. Two months later, in January 2008, QinetiQ was awarded a $30 million 5 years contract with CIFA (see item 158) which Cambone oversaw during his time at the Pentagon. QinetiQ has an interesting history. It was spun off by the British government in 2001 although its Ministry of Defense continues to have a 2/3 ownership interest. In 2003, the Carlyle Group purchased the remaining third and in an agreement gained effective control. It sold out in February 2007. In 2005, QinetiQ bought Apogen a company that Cambone had dealings with as Undersecretary. In January 2007, it acquired Analex which it renamed QinetiQ North America or QNA. In 2006, QNA was the 11th largest intelligence contractor with revenues of $1.5 billion. It is this segment that got the CIFA contract. Cambone’s Pentagon intelligence connections and insider knowledge promise to serve him and QinetiQ well. The rest of us? Not so much.

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