Mantech

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Mantech International Corporation describes itself as "a leading provider of advanced technology, technical services and security solutions to the U.S. national security community" employing "approximately 10,000 highly skilled people who manage our global operations" in 40 countries. Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia the firm's revenues have increased from $431 million in 2001 to $1.137 billion in 2006, mostly from providing IT and systems engineering services to intelligence agencies and the Pentagon, which together account for more than 90% of its revenue. It was founded in 1968 as a specialized military contractor that devised submarine war-game models for the U.S. Navy and was little-known outside the Pentagon until 1988 when (having previously grown by acquiring obscure professional services and engineering firms such as Mathetics Corp. and Energystics Corp) it acquired a subsidiary of Northrop Corp. In this way, Mantech continued to improve its position as a viable contender for further contracts. It was noted by the Washington Post at the time of the 1988 Northrop deal that chairman and co-founder George Pedersen would not let himself be photographed.[1] One of Mantech's many areas of expertise is "Policy Development, Planning, & Program Implementation"[2]

Mantech is of interest to this investigation due to its extremely close association with Aaron Barr and its interest in Persona Management, its status as major provider of services to the FBI, and its role in the Romas/COIN recompete lead by Barr and TASC.

In early 2011, Mantech won a five-year, $9.2 million dollar contract by which to "supply the FBI with security policies, procedures, training and planning, and manage security for FBI communications."

In early 2012, Mantech purchased HBGary, adding the firm to its Mission, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions unit.

Aaron Barr and Persona Management

Throughout 2010, Mantech CEO Robert Frisbie was in correspondence with HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr with the intention of collaborating on various projects, some involving other firms such as TASC. Towards the end of that year, these discussions tended to hinge on persona management capabilities.

On December 1st, 2010, Barr writes to Frisbie in regards to a proposal he'd submitted earlier in the year:

Hi Bob,

Happy Holidays.

Checking in on the status of our proposal. Also in discussing some different needs in cyber I thought of another offshoot of this capability. Developing personas for collection of information related to cyber threats and then providing that information as part of a feed or data package that can be sold at subscription. This model is working successfully for a few small companies in the high end security space. It gives the government access to information that would be more difficult for them to collect. We handle all the parsing and weeding of information on our end before we hand it over as part of the subscription.

Lots of need for social media, persona, and persona management.

Frisbie writes back the following:

Lots of agreement here on value of your proposal.

I just can't get Varner to commit.

I'll call later today.

Varner is L. William Varner ("Bill"), president and COO of Mantech, who later writes to Barr regarding the founding of a new firm under Mantech and placing him as VP while also providing an unspecified role for Ted Vera, Barr's longterm partner and fellow HBGary operative:

Aaron,

I met with George today to discuss how to really improve our cyber positioning this year.

There is a great role for you along the lines we discussed – being our cyber strategist. We could call it VP of Cyber Strategy. The duties would include serious pursuit of acquisitions in cyber areas that would broaden our footprint and increase our skills. Also possible is acquisition of your company (Bob discussed your data with me) and having you spearhead a move into commercial cyber. George is 100% in favor of doing something out of the box – this could be it. We are well funded and need to do some serious acquisitions this year. In order to find some time for myself I decided to search for service that could supply me with the prime quality custom essays at prices that would be reasonable enough. The final choice was QualityEssay.Com as they did have an excellent reputation.

Of course we would include Ted in anything we did.


It remains unknown whether this idea survived the attention brought to Barr with the discovery of the Team Themis incident after Anonymous' raids on HBGary's servers.

Client List

The following firms are listed as clients on Mantech's website.

  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • National Reconnaissance Office
  • National Security Agency
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of State
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Military, including the Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps
  • Missile Defense Agency
  • DARPA
  • NASA
  • NATO
  • "State and local governments"

Army Letter of Concern

An additional Anonymous leak of files pertaining to Mantech in late July includes a 2008 draft "letter of concern" from an Army contracting officer directed to the firm, alleging several instances of failure to provide services in accordance with existing contracts. An excerpt:

a. The PA KTR’s key personnel have not demonstrated required proficiencies and knowledge of Army requirements (i.e. posting all maintenance significant items to SAMS for centralized work loading decisions).

b. The PA KTR’s Quality Control Plan (QCP) failed to identify the deficiency in posting all equipment data to SAMS and take corrective action.

c. The contractor did not provide timely maintenance data to the Army system of record, resulting in significant delays to required maintenance and reporting actions.

d. Because maintenance status on equipment inducted into the FBTX LBE program was not available, equipment was incorrectly identified and reported as Fully Mission Capable (FMC). This will result in unexpected equipment shortfalls for redeploying units, units conducing pre-deployment training and possibly deployed units. The LBE program serves as a portion of the National Equipment Pool and must reflect the true status of all equipment at all time to allow the Army’s command channel to have actionable information upon which to make decisions.

Known Contracts

Numerous involving warfield Biometrics operations

Kandahar Airfield Cabling: KAF CIS PHASE II CABLING

Subsidiaries

   DB Data Systems LLC
   Field Support Services Muhendislik Ltd Sti.
   Gray Hawk Technology Solutions LLC
   Hawkeye Systems LLC
   ManTech Advanced Development Group Inc
   ManTech Advanced Recognition Ltd
   ManTech Advanced Systems International Inc
   ManTech Australia International Inc
   ManTech Australia Pty. Ltd
   ManTech Command Control Systems Corp
   ManTech Database Services Europe Ltd
   ManTech Environmental Corp
   ManTech Environmental Research Services Corp
   ManTech Europe Ltd
   ManTech Europe Systems Corp
   ManTech Global Services Corp
   ManTech Gray Hawk Systems Inc
   ManTech GRS Solutions Inc
   ManTech Information Systems &Technology Corp
   ManTech MBI Inc
   ManTech Security & Mission Assurance Corp
   ManTech Security Technologies Corp
   ManTech Solutions & Technologies Corp
   ManTech SRS Technologies Inc
   ManTech Support Technology Inc
   ManTech Systems Corp
   ManTech Systems Engineering Corp
   ManTech Systems Solutions Corp
   ManTech Telecommunications & Information Systems Corp
   ManTech Test Systems Inc
   ManTech U.K. Systems Corp
   MASI U.K. Ltd
   NSI Technology Services Corp
   Redesmundial SA
   Symmetron Holding Corp
   Symmetron LLC
   Technology Management Corp

Board of Directors

   George J. Pedersen
   Robert A. Coleman
   Richard L. Armitage
   Mary K. Bush
   Barry G. Campbell
   Walter R. Fatzinger, Jr.
   Admiral David E. Jeremiah, USN Ret.
   Richard J. Kerr
   Lt. Gen. Kenneth A. Minihan, USAF Ret.
   Stephen W. Porter
   Paul G. Stern


Media Reports

Latest Mantech news via Reuters

Domestic Spying, Inc. - 27.11.2007

- 29.1.2009
- 12.8.2009