Friday, August 6, 2010
Fairfax County is seeking bidders for a new contract that injects private sector intelligence analysts into regional law enforcement and homeland security efforts.
The county began working with intelligence analysts five years ago, and the existing contract with Fairfax-based ManTech International Corp. is set to expire at the end of the year.
Under the agreement, the defense contractor has provided eight analysts who work to identify terrorist threats in the national capital region and also provide support for more bread-and-butter police work.
Phi Beta Iota: When the new Public Safety Center was in the design phase, we tried to get Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors to allocate space for a dedicated Country Intelligence Center. This was ten years ago. There is a great deal that could be done in Fairfax County, but the “butts in seats” approach taken by ManTech has failed, as have all the “butts in seats” contracts with the various US government agencies and combatant commanders. People are still doing the wrong things righter, not “re-setting their paradigms” to the the right things faster, better, cheapter.