A mind blowing look at the numbers behind America's growing security industrial complex

security industrial complexIn 2010, two time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Dana Priest filed a report two years in the making titled “Top Secret America”. The extensive report showed just how much the Security and intelligence community has grown since 9/11.

Usually when the United States runs into a problem either foreign or domestic, the US has a bad habit of throwing as much money as it can toward it in the hopes the problem will fix itself. In regards to national security, the amount of money spent is nearly impossible to tell, much of it is after all top secret.

The number of people, places, corporations and government organizations involved in national security and counter-terrorism is simply mind blowing. Anyone, let alone conservatives or libertarians who actually believes in small government should be furious.

According to Top Secret America:

• There are 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies who work on programs related to counter-terrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States.

• An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people who live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances.

• Analysts who make sense of documents and conversations obtained by foreign and domestic spying share their judgment by publishing 50,000 intelligence reports each year, a volume so large that many are routinely ignored.

Before the September 11th attacks, there were 3050 state and local counter-terrorism organizations. In 2003 the US spent $1.6 billion on counter-terrorism, but between 2003 and 2010 an additional $31 billion has been spent.

On the state and local level, there are now:
• 235 more law enforcement organizations
• 76 more emergency management organizations
• 285 more homeland security organizations
• 101 more joint terrorism task forces
• 69 more fusion centers (for information gathering)
• And 132 other counter-terrorism organizations

As stated earlier, there are 1931 corporations and private companies with government contracts to 45 different government agencies and it is all “top secret”. These corporations include the usual suspects like Boeing and Lockheed Martin, but also include the likes of Microsoft, Dell and of course Verizon. Just like the military industrial complex, the security complex is heavily privatized.

Because I have such a distaste for this type of fascism, the list this week will be the top 50 companies (based on total revenue) working on top secret government contracts. The list includes company name, total revenue, the number of top secret locations the company is operating at and the number of government agencies the company is under contract with.

For a complete list please visit Top Secret America

Company Name

Revenue

Top Secret Locations

Government Clients

Hewlett Packard

Above $50 billion

25

18

Verizon

Above $50 billion

18

12

Hitachi, Ltd.

Above $50 billion

1

1

IBM

Above $50 billion

17

9

The Boeing Company

Above $50 billion

43

11

Microsoft Corporation

Above $50 billion

9

2

Dell, Inc. / Dell Perot Systems

Above $50 billion

20

4

Lockheed Martin

$10 billion to $50 billion

73

23

Cisco Systems

$10 billion to $50 billion

4

1

BAE Systems, Inc.

$10 billion to $50 billion

64

22

General Dynamics

$10 billion to $50 billion

100

32

Northrop Grumman

$10 billion to $50 billion

98

27

Honeywell, Inc.

$10 billion to $50 billion

7

9

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC

$10 billion to $50 billion

4

1

Raytheon

$10 billion to $50 billion

75

19

Google

$10 billion to $50 billion

2

1

Oracle USA

$10 billion to $50 billion

6

16

Motorola, Inc.

$10 billion to $50 billion

2

2

Accenture, Plc

$10 billion to $50 billion

11

10

KPMG LLP

$10 billion to $50 billion

1

1

Computer Sciences Corporation

$10 billion to $50 billion

77

24

L-3 Communications

$10 billion to $50 billion

96

29

Xerox

$10 billion to $50 billion

2

1

AlliedBarton Security Services

$10 billion to $50 billion

6

1

Textron, Inc.

$10 billion to $50 billion

7

5

EMC Corporation

$10 billion to $50 billion

9

1

AT&T Corporation

$10 billion to $50 billion

44

18

Qwest Communications Inc.

$10 billion to $50 billion

2

1

Jacobs Technology

$10 billion to $50 billion

21

5

SAIC

$10 billion to $50 billion

123

33

Deloitte

$10 billion to $50 billion

24

11

Qualcomm Incorporated

$10 billion to $50 billion

2

1

Kodak

$1 billion to $10 billion

1

4

URS Corporation

$1 billion to $10 billion

36

14

Stanley

$1 billion to $10 billion

26

12

Goodrich Corporation

$1 billion to $10 billion

4

2

ITT Corporation

$1 billion to $10 billion

52

17

CH2M HILL

$1 billion to $10 billion

1

1

Kiewit Corporation

$1 billion to $10 billion

1

1

Symantec

$1 billion to $10 billion

8

1

Aecom

$1 billion to $10 billion

7

3

Allegis Group

$1 billion to $10 billion

5

1

Pitney Bowes

$1 billion to $10 billion

7

1

EMCOR Group

$1 billion to $10 billion

5

1

Kelly Services

$1 billion to $10 billion

4

2

Booz Allen Hamilton

$1 billion to $10 billion

69

26

Harris Corporation

$1 billion to $10 billion

29

17

Robert Half Technology

$1 billion to $10 billion

8

1

ATK

$1 billion to $10 billion

6

4

Agilent Technologies, Inc.

$1 billion to $10 billion

2

1

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. One of these companies helped me go to private school (Honeywell) and another helped my husband and I purchase a house and start a nice retirement plan (General Dynamics). Which might explain why both my father and husband hate war, weapons of war and, yes, even defense contractors. Fantastic article, Mike.

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