Fairfax Firm Adds to Its CIA Cast

Former CIA director George J. Tenet is linking up at the Analysis Corp. with his onetime CIA deputy.
Former CIA director George J. Tenet is linking up at the Analysis Corp. with his onetime CIA deputy. (By Ron Edmonds -- Associated Press)

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By Renae Merle
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 22, 2006

Former CIA director George J. Tenet and two other agency veterans are joining the advisory board of the Analysis Corp., a small Fairfax company that has tapped into the government's growing reliance on private sector intelligence firms.

Since stepping down from the CIA in 2004, Tenet has been teaching diplomacy at Georgetown University, his alma mater, and has taken at least one other position, joining the board of Guidance Software Inc., a California technology firm. His position at the Analysis Corp. will reunite Tenet with his former chief of staff and former CIA deputy executive director John O. Brennan, who is the president and chief executive of the firm.

"I look forward to helping the Analysis Corporation address critical needs as government and industry work together to fight terrorism," Tenet said through his spokesman.

The company, also known as TAC, is a subsidiary of privately held SFA Inc., a defense contractor based in Crofton. TAC employees write reports on potential terrorist threats and monitor classified networks for potential terrorist-related threats for the government.

One of 16-year-old TAC's first contracts was to help the State Department develop what would become the terrorist watch list. Last year it won a State Department contract to provide homeland-security-related information to embassies, consulates and border security officers through the department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

TAC is among a growing number of small companies in the Washington region that intelligence agencies and the Pentagon have relied on in recent years -- to the ire of some in Congress, who worry that by using contractors the government agencies lose control over those doing sensitive work.

TAC's revenue has increased about fivefold, to $24 million, since 2001 and is on an "upward trajectory," Brennan said.

Brennan joined the firm in November after serving as Tenet's chief of staff and heading the National Counterterrorism Center.

Brennan said the new board is part of his realignment of the firm, which also includes providing more consulting services. In addition to Tenet, the board will include Alan Wade, former chief information officer for the CIA, and John P. Young, a former intelligence analyst.

Tenet and other board members will advise TAC on counterterrorism technology and how to present their ideas to government agencies, said Brennan. Members will also be available to give advice to potential clients, he said.

"We will want to tap into their expertise, they are part of the brain trust here," he said. "They are providing us with ideas about new technologies that might be out there, new ways to tackle old problems."

TAC will add more members to the advisory board over time, including officials with military and law enforcement experience, Brennan said. He declined to reveal how much the board members will receive for their work.

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