EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea Clinton’s ‘Best Friend’s’ Defense Company Got $11 Mil In Contracts But Doesn’t Have Federal Security Clearance
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 Defense Department think tank, but to date, the group lacks official federal approval to handle classified materials, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.
Jacqueline Newmyer, the president of a company called the Long Term Strategy Group (LTSG), has over the last 10 years received numerous Department of Defense (DOD) contracts from a secretive think tank called Office of Net Assessment (ONA).
ONA is so sensitive, the specialized think tank is housed in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and it reports directly to the Secretary.
To date, LTSG 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 ONA, only now is the federal agency in the process of granting clearance to the company. LTSG 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. LTSG 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 company’s 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 said 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 ONA.
Adam Lovinger, a whistleblower and 12-year ONA veteran, has repeatedly warned ONA’s 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 ONA’s 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 nation’s capital. They were in each other’s weddings, and in 2011 Chelsea referred to Newmyer as her “best friend.”
In numerous emails, Chelsea’s mom Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state, actively promoted Newmyer and attempted to assist her in securing Defense Department contracts.
Secretary Clinton put Newmyer in contact with Michèle Flournoy, former President Barack Obama’s undersecretary of defense, according to the emails from Clinton’s private email server and released by the State Department under a lawsuit filed by the 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 tank’s first director, Andrew Marshall, was adored by a coterie of ONA staff. Adding to Marshall’s mystique, he was called “Yoda,” after the “Star Wars” series. Marshall lasted in the DOD post for 42 years and retired at the age of 93 in 2015.
Last year, Lovinger sent a series of memos to James H. Baker, ONA’s 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.
ONA’s leadership, led by Baker, did not take kindly to Lovinger’s warnings and allegedly retaliated against the staffer, according to Sean Bigley, a federal security clearance attorney who also represents him.
Baker suspended Lovinger’s 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 NSC after losing his security clearance, and now languishes inside a DOD satellite office doing make-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 for all the accusations, he still faces the possibility of a revocation of his clearance. His case is currently pending before DOD officials.
Baker decided in a recent move to “reclassify” Lovinger’s ONA position to one that now requires new skills he doesn’t possess.
Bigley complained about this new act of retaliation in a Sept. 21 letter to the DOD acting general counsel: “The practical effect of Baker’s 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 Lovinger’s main complaints about ONA was that many of the reports contractors imparted very little new information to the think tank. “Over the years ONA’s 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 LTSG’s reports bear out Lovinger’s critique. A September 2010 LTSG 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 LTSG 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. Carlos Lozada criticized the think tank as “an opaque bureaucratic outfit,” in a Washington Post review of a book about Marshall, ONA’s founder.
Michael C. Desch said “a systematic scrutiny of [ONA’s] 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, author 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 ONA’s military adviser from November 2011 to December 2016, now works at LTSG as its “director for gaming and analysis,” according to his LinkedIn page.
Steve Rosen, also a long-time ONA consultant, was originally Newmyer’s professor at Harvard. But Newmyer and Rosen hit it off, and they “co-taught” a Harvard class together in 2006.
Both Pournelle and Rosen are today two top executives in a company that has only eight employees, according to its LinkedIn account.
Newmyer and Rosen are also 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 its operation in 2013, according to their IRS 990 filing. The Academy paid Newmyer and Rosen $45,000 each in 2015.
Since serving as president of LTSG, Newmyer has participated in many prestigious bodies on national security and she was enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
But her Ph.D. had little to do with today’s 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.
Muhammad is the top name for baby boys in the English regions of London and the West Midlands in 2016, and was the top scoring across the whole of England and Wales in the year when slight variations in spelling are taken into account.The annual release of the most popular names for baby boys and girls by the Office for National Statistics also reveals that Muhammed has pushed traditionally popular boy’s name William out of the top 10 in the past recorded year.
Whilst the statistics showed the most popular name for boys and girls were Oliver and Olivia respectively, the decision by the Office to list slight changes to the spelling of Muhammed as completely different names masked the fact that the popular Muslim name was actually in first place, and not in eighth as reported.
The variations in the name such as Muhammad, Mohammed, and Mohammad may come from the imprecise nature of transliterating Arabic names into English. Muhammed and other similar spellings of the name of the Islamic prophet, which is often given to Muslim boys in honour of the religious figure, have taken the top spot in England and Wales every year since 2011.
In all, there were 7,084 Muhammad, Mohammad, and Mohammed boys born in 2016 — ahead of the official first place boy’s name Oliver, which saw 6,623 boys in 2016.
Breitbart London has reported over the course of this decade on the steady climb of the name. The 2015 figures showed Muhammed at 12th, but hitting first place when combined with the other similar spellings. The 2014 figures had it at 14th, and 2013 at 15th.
Whilst the changes in demographics and attitudes across England and Wales that are driving these changes are clear from the statistics, they are even more apparent in certain areas. In heavily multicultural regions like London and the West Midlands, Muhammed is the most popular boy’s name even without other spellings being taken into account.
London has been minority white British at least since the last census in 2011, and Birmingham — the defacto capital of the West Midlands region — has been predicted to become minority white British by the end of this decade. The Coventry Telegraph reportsMuhammad first surged to most popular in the area in 2015 and alternative spelling Mohammed is only fractionally behind at fifth place.
Earlier statistics released by the ONS in 2017 showed that up to 98 per cent of population growth in English cities over the past decade has been down to immigration. At the same time, separate figures showed that mothers born abroad now account for 28.2 per cent of births in England and Wales.
A team of children in an Illinois football league caused controversy last week, when they took a knee to protest the national anthem in emulation of protests started last year by Colin Kaepernick.The 8-year-old kids from the Cahokia Quarterback Club football team took a knee as the anthem played before their Sunday, September 17 game, according to Fox Insider.
“One of the kids asked me if I saw [people] protesting and rioting in St. Louis,” Coach Orlando Gooden told the local Fox affiliate. “I said yes. I said, ‘Do you know why they are doing it?'”
The coach added that one of his players replied saying, “Because black people are getting killed and nobody’s going to jail.”
At that point, the coach claimed it was a “good teaching moment” and agreed to let the kids protest the anthem at the game:
“What I teach my kids is love, integrity, honesty, fairness, respect and boundaries,” the coach claimed.
Since the protest, Coach Gooden did note that he has received some blowback from people critical of the protest.
However, Gooden is unrepentant. “As long as I have support of my parents and team, I’m perfectly fine, and I’m covered under the First Amendment to peacefully protest and assemble,” he said.
TRANSLATED FROM SWEDISH
Migrant Gang in Malmö robbed and battered 95-year-old woman for hours police say.
DOMESTIC. A 95-year-old woman was robbed and battered for several hours by a number of migrant men in Malmö. They entered the woman's home in the middle of the night as she was asleep, SkD writes .
It was between 03.30-05.00 and Thursday, as several men broke into a 95-year-old woman in Lorensborg, Malmö.
The men were partially black-dressed and masked. They battered and held the woman for one and a half hours. Meanwhile, they searched her home for valuables.
They pushed the woman and pushed her down on the floor so she could not move.
"The woman has been involved in something totally terrible. She is obviously very bad of what has happened, "says Malmö's president Nils Norling to SkD.
After the miscarriage, the men disappeared with a larger amount of theft money from the women's home, including cash and many valuables at large amounts. The police have not yet compiled the entire list.
The woman then succeeded in letting the police, who have done a technical examination of the residence and questioned the victim.
The police now want help with tips on the assault, believing, among other things, that the men used a car and visited the place we had a previous opportunity to reconnaissance.
Some kind of sentiment on men has not been published.
The event is classified as illegal detention, gross theft and ill-treatment.