In-Q-Tel is a CIA-linked venture capital firm that often funds companies viewed as having the potential to develop capabilities of use to the intelligence community, such as Palantir. Some employees, such as CISO Daniel Geer Jr., have been vocal in their concerns about the dangers that may arise from the intelligence contracting industry.
While In-Q-Tel is nominally a private, Virginia-registered corporation and is legally independent of the CIA and thus exempt from any regulations which may bind such intelligence organizations, the corporation is legally bound to the service of the CIA by both its Charter agreement and its annual contract with the CIA. The CIA steers In-Q-Tel by way of the In-Q-Tel Interface Center (QIC), an office within the CIA.
In-Q-Tel was formed by the CIA in 1999 with $300 million in federal funds for about 90 companies. Spy-in-the-sky Keyhole, Inc., partially funded by In-Q-Tel, was acquired by Google in 2004. Today Google shares satellites with other contractors and takes pictures of your house. Their software is the standard for geospatial intelligence, and they provide search software to federal agencies. That's just one tiny example. Former NSA and CIA directors, such as Kenneth Minihan, Bobby Ray Inman, Mike McConnell, James Woolsey, John Deutch, and George Tenet, have been on the boards of intelligence contractors. Those are just the top guys -- if you reach down into the bureaucracy, the list gets much longer. The war on terrorism increased federal spending on national security programs, and made such close collaboration seem urgent and necessary. - "Spies for Hire"
“In-Q-Tel is focused on new and emerging commercial technologies that have the potential to give the CIA and broader U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) mission-advantage today and in the future”, according to the brief description at their website. - Intel Quotient – An Analysis of In-Q-Tel
There are three diverse practice areas that are the focus of what In-Q-Tel describes as:
“Working closely with our customers, we use these evolving macro architectures to guide our technology program engagements, and to target capabilities that are leading, disruptive, and fundamental to our customers’ mission needs. “.
- Physical and Biological Technologies
- Software and Infrastructure
Physical and Biotech
Advanced Photonix, Inc. Alfalight Arcxis Biomatrica Boreal Genomics Cambrios Contour Energy Systems Digital Solid State Propulsion (DSSP) Genia Photonics febit Fluidigm Infinite Power Solutions IntegenX InView Technology Corporation LensVector MedShape Solutions Nanosys Nextreme Thermal Solutions OpGen Pelican Imaging Pixim QD Vision Quanterix Qyne rgy Rhevision Technology Semprius Seventh Sense Biosystems SpectraFluidics T2 Biosystems
IT & Communications
3VR Adapx Basis Technology Bay Microsystems Carnegie Speech Cleversafe Cloudera Connectify CopperEye Destineer Digital Reasoning Elemental Technologies Ember Corporation Etherstack Fetch Technologies FireEye FMS Gainspan GATR Technologies GeoIQ Geosemble iMove InnoCentive Infinite Z KZO Innovations Lingotek Lucid Imagination Mersive MiserWare MotionDSP NetBase NovoDynamics Oculis Labs OpenSpan Palantir Technologies Paratek Perceptive Pixel PiXlogic Platfora Power Assure Quantum4d Recorded Future RedSeal Networks ReversingLabs SkyBuilt Power Signal Innovations Group (SIG) Silver Tail Systems SitScape Sonitus Medical SpotterRF StreamBase Systems Tendril Teradici TerraGo Technologies Traction Software Veracode Visible Technologies VSee WiSpry
Board of Trustees
List of companies/institutions at which trustees held executive-level positions, including that of CEO
- Sun Microsystems
- Time Warner
- Federal Express
- ATT Wireless
- New Enterprise Associates
List of companies that In-Q-Tel has either aquired or invested in; most of them appear to be related to either aquisition or development of some type of component required to fulfill contracts
- 3VR Security inc
- Copan Systems
- Seahawk Biosystems
- Systems Research & Development
Chairman of the Board of In-Q-Tel; President of Arizona State University
President and CEO of Barksdale Management Corporation
Managing General Partner, New Enterprise Associates (NEA)
Former President and CEO of Business Executives for National Security (BENS)
Partner, Greylock Venture Capital
President and CEO of In-Q-Tel
Chairman of Wackenhut Services Inc. (WSI) Board of Directors
Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Virginia
Former Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Vice Chairman and President of Kissinger Associates
Chair of the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University
President Emeritus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Board of Trustees Alumni
Former Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Former Chairman, President and CEO, Telecredit, Inc.
Former Director and Chief Scientist, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
Senior Advisor at Crestview Partners
Chairman and CEO at Technovation, Inc.
President, Bell Labs at Alcatel-Lucent
Chief Executive Officer, President, Director and Member of Compensation Committee, Gemplus International SA
Former Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense