Skip to comments.Chelsea’s ‘Best Friend’ Wins $11 Mil In Defense Contracts With No Clearance
Posted on 09/28/2017 5:02:20 PM PDT by markomalley
A company whose president is best friends with Chelsea Clinton received more than $11 million in contracts over the last decade from a highly secretive Department of Defense think tank, but to date, the group lacks official federal approval to handle classified materials, according to sensitive documents TheDCNF was allowed to review.
Jacqueline Newmyer, the president of a company called the Long Term Strategy Group, has over the last 10 years received numerous Defense Department contracts from a secretive think tank called Office of Net Assessment.
The Office of Net Assessment is so sensitive, the specialized think tank is housed in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and reports directly to the secretary.
To date, the Long Term Strategy Group has received $11.2 million in contracts, according to USAspending,gov, a government database of federal contracts.
But after winning a decade of contracts from the Office of Net Assessment, the federal agency is only now in the process of granting clearance to the company. Long Term Strategy Group never operated a secure room on their premises to handle classified materials, according to the Defense Security Service, a federal agency that approves secure rooms inside private sector firms. Long Term Strategy Group operates offices in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge, Mass.
The Long Term Strategy Group is currently in process for a facility clearance with the Defense Security Service, the agency informed TheDCNF in an email.
Newmyer declined to address her companys lack of facilities to handle classified material. With regard to your questions about the status of our facilities, those are best directed to the US government, which has authority over such matters, she wrote in an email to TheDCNF.
She also declined to say whether her company is footing the bill for the new secure facility, or if the taxpayers are footing the bill through the Office of Net Assessment.
Adam Lovinger, a whistleblower and 12-year Office of Net Assessment (ONA) veteran, has repeatedly warned ONAs leadership they faced risks by relying on outside contractors as well as the problem of cronyism and a growing revolving door policy, where ONA employees would leave the defense think tank and join private contractors to do the same work.
Others outside ONA have drawn similar conclusions about the offices reliance on outside contractors. USA Today complained in August 2013 that the same set of contractors never seem to leave ONA: While Democratic and Republican administrations come and go, ONA and its team of outside advisers remains the same. Contract records show the office relies on studies from outside contractors.
Clinton and Newmyer first met each other while attending Sidwell Friends School, an exclusive private Quaker school in the nations capital. They were in each others weddings, and in 2011 Chelsea referred to Newmyer as her best friend.
In numerous emails, Chelseas mom, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, actively promoted Newmyer and attempted to assist her in securing Defense Department contracts.
Secretary Clinton put Newmyer in contact with Michèle Flournoy, then-President Barack Obamas undersecretary of defense, according to the emails from Clintons private email server released by the Department of State under a lawsuit filed by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.
Hillary followed up in a July 19, 2009 email, asking Newmyer, By the way, did the DOD contract work out?
ONA was supposed to work on complicated future warfare scenarios when it was originally set up in the 1970s.
The think tanks first director, Andrew Marshall, was adored by a coterie of ONA staff. He was called Yoda, after the Star Wars series, adding to his mystique. Marshall lasted in the DOD post for 42 years and retired at the age of 93 in 2015.
In 2016, Lovinger sent a series of memos to James H. Baker, ONAs new director, raising many problems Baker inherited from Marshall, including the use of contractors. ONA has a reputation for issuing sweet-heart contracts to a privileged few, Lovinger told Baker in a Sept. 30, 2016 email chain.
ONAs leadership, led by Baker, did not take kindly to Lovingers warnings and allegedly retaliated against the staffer, according to Sean Bigley, a federal security clearance attorney who also represents him.
Baker suspended Lovingers security clearance in May for security infractions, and launched numerous investigations.
The suspension came after Lovinger had been detailed to the National Security Council. He was removed from the National Security Council after losing his security clearance, and now languishes inside a Defense Department satellite office doing busy work.
In a Sept. 13, 2017 letter to DOD officials, Bigley charged: A review of the case file in this matter illuminates a picture of intentional whistleblower retaliation against Mr. Lovinger; personal and political vendettas against Lovinger by Baker
Although Lovinger has since been exonerated of all the accusations, he still faces the possibility of a revocation of his clearance. His case is currently pending before Defense Department officials.
In a recent move, Baker decided to reclassify Lovingers ONA position to one that now requires new skills he doesnt possess.
Bigley complained about this new act of alleged retaliation in a Sept. 21 letter to the DOD acting general counsel: The practical effect of Bakers plan, if executed, is that Mr. Lovinger will become a surplus employee and will be terminated; he does not possess the skill set applicable to the proposed reclassification.
Lovinger is the only staff member Baker has reclassified, according to Bigley.
One of Lovingers main complaints about ONA was that many of the reports contractors wrote imparted very little new information to the think tank. Over the years ONAs analytic staff has expressed how they learn very little from many (if not most) of our often very thin and superficial contractor reports, he wrote in the Sept. 30, 2016 email.
Some of Long Term Strategy Groups reports bear out Lovingers critique. A September 2010 Long Term Strategy Group report, titled Trends in Elite American Attitudes Toward War, came to the astounding conclusion that, American intellectuals have for the last century held considerably more cosmopolitan views than their non-intellectual counterparts.
Another Long Term Strategy Group report was On the Nature of Americans as a Warlike People.
Lovinger also suggested in a March 3, 2017 memo to the record that contractor studies should be peer-reviewed: There has never been an external review of these contractors research products, he said, adding, It is now clear that over several decades the office transferred millions of dollars to inexperienced and unqualified contractors.
Others outside of ONA have been even more critical of the think tank. Book critic Carlos Lozada criticized the think tank as an opaque bureaucratic outfit, in a Washington Post review of a book about Marshall, ONAs founder.
University of Notre Dame Political Science Chairman Michael C. Desch said a systematic scrutiny of [ONAs] work is long overdue in the December 2014 issue of The National Interest. He recommended that ONA, like so many now-superfluous parochial schools, should close its doors.
On the liberal front, Middlebury Institutes director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program, Jeffrey Lewis, wrote a scathing attack on ONA in the Oct. 24, 2014 edition of Foreign Policy Magazine. Marshall funded a fair number of crackpots, he charged.
Lewis cited two studies on Iraq written by a crackpot who thinks Saddam planned the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and 9/11, and a study on Islamic Warfare by the guy who fabricated both a Ph.D. and an interview with Barack Obama.
Lovinger has also been critical of the revolving door at ONA, where previous government staffers went to work for ONA contractors.
Phillip Pournelle, who was ONAs military adviser from November 2011 to December 2016, now works at Long Term Strategy Group as its director for gaming and analysis, according to his LinkedIn page.
Steve Rosen, also a long-time ONA consultant, was originally Newmyers professor at Harvard. But Newmyer and Rosen hit it off, and they co-taught a Harvard class together in 2006.
Newmyer and Rosen are top officers in a nonprofit they created together called the American Academy for Strategic Education, which is dedicated to educating a rising generation of strategic thinkers, according to its website.
The organization has raised $894,000 since it began operations in 2013, according to their IRS 990 filing. The academy paid Newmyer and Rosen $45,000 each in 2015.
Since serving as president of Long Term Strategy Group, Newmyer has participated in many prestigious bodies on national security, and she was enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Harvard Kennedy Schools Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
But her Ph.D. had little to do with todays international conflicts or in contemporary military strategy. Her dissertation was on a comparison of seminal works on strategy and statecraft from ancient China, the medieval Middle East, and early modern Europe, according to a Harvard profile of her.
Adam Lovinger did not consent to an interview for this article. The Office of Net Assessment did not reply to a DCNF inquiry.
Chelsea Hubbell is just as corrupt as her black souled parents
I would think this would be well worth investigating. That is, if there is anyone in any of the numerous, redundant, multi-layered, interlocking D.C. investigative agencies who cares.
Why....does this stuff continue?
Money laundering with the approval of the US Gov’t.
the apple did not fall far from that tree at all.
Swamp dwellers are exempt. Remember?
The swamp has just bubbled up another sulphur smelling foul odor!
But don't think twice, it's all right.
And probably a favored business for having a female president, in fact.
Checks off some quota requirements.
Meanwhile the tawdry brit gossip tag Daily Mail wonders out loud why Trump isn’t hanging with Obama, Bush, and Clinton, while obsessed with all things Hugh Hefner.
You have to understand, Chelsea, bastard daughter of Webb Hubbell and Hillary, the smartest woman in the world, is bound to be super-smart herself and have super-smart friends who naturally are the best to work for our security.
Wonder if Tyson or Perdue could drop a load of chicken features on the National Mall.
Then, find a supply of hot tar.
>> “That is, if there is anyone in any of the numerous, redundant, multi-layered, interlocking D.C. investigative agencies who cares.” <<
By now, I’m sure that you’ve been disabused of that thought.
By the way, has anyone heard anything about the crime foundation coughing up any cash or help for the Carribean islands, Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas, Mexico??
No, I didn’t think so!
Don’t you wish you were Chelsea’s friend?
On second though, 11 million wouldn’t be worth having to be around those people.
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