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Afrom Aaron Barr aaron@hbgary.com
to “Lovegrove, John (TASC)” <John.Lovegrove@tasc.com>
cc “Chris (TASC) Clair” <CHRISTOPHER.CLAIR@tasc.com>
date Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 10:56 AM
subject Re: Antacid
mailed-by hbgary.com

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I feel confident I can get you a ringer for Farsi if they are still interested in Farsi (we need to find that out).

I don’t know anything about Centra. Thing is with these organizations they like who they know. I never heard of Centra. What type of linguists do they have? Another tac might be to have a few stars on your side and don’t claim a deep bench of linguists (most of which are probably DoD trained and not at all native). You can ghost this talking about most linguists available are not native or digitally knowledgeable, but we have some stars and we are teaming with (someone like Gartner or Lincoln or Leoni) to bring some of the on the ground cultural relevance. These linguists are not only going to be developing new content but also meeting with folks, so they have to have native or near native proficiency and have to have the cultural relevance as well.

If Centra has this then I say grab them, if its just to fit a qual I think we could tell a different story and ghost the approach most will take to check the box. Gartner has an amazing presence overseas, they can help out with on the ground MOEs as well. Lincoln and Leoni have been working in those regions for quite some time linguistically and culturally.

Clair, Chris (TASC) CHRISTOPHER.CLAIR@tasc.com
to “Lovegrove, John (TASC)” <John.Lovegrove@tasc.com>,
“Garcia, Kathy (TASC)” <KATHERINE.GARCIA@tasc.com>,
Aaron Barr <aaron@hbgary.com>,
“Brunst Jr, Gerald R (TASC)” <GERALD.BRUNSTJR@tasc.com>,
“Newbern, David W (TASC)” <DAVID.NEWBERN@tasc.com>,
mgeldner@google.com
date Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 12:58 PM
subject Google Meeting
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Title: Google Meeting
When: Wed Jul 14 1pm — 2pm (CDT)
Where: WF3 3D
Who: david.newbern@tasc.com, gerald.brunstjr@tasc.com, john.lovegrove@tasc.com, katherine.garcia@tasc.com

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When: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).

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Meeting with Mike Geldner from Google.

Mike,

Our address is

TASC Inc.

4801 Stonecroft Blvd. , Chantilly, VA 20151

My contact number is 703–449–3964.

We will talk about Google Enterprise Partners and other things Google that are important to the COIN proposal.

Thanks,
Chris Clair
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from Aaron Barr aaron@hbgary.com
to Andy Kemp <akemp@apple.com>
date Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 2:04 PM
subject Proposal
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Hi Andy,

Still waiting on the COIN/Romas proposal…. any day.

Do you have a contact at Pixar/Disney I could talk with?

from andy kemp akemp@apple.com
to Aaron Barr <aaron@hbgary.com>
date Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 2:26 PM
subject Re: Proposal
mailed-by apple.com

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good good

i’ll get a contact
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Andy Kemp
Homeland Defense / National Programs

Apple Inc.
11921 Freedom Drive
Suite 600
Reston, Virginia
20194

akemp@apple.com
240–988–3476

Clair, Chris (TASC) CHRISTOPHER.CLAIR@tasc.com
to “Pisani, Albert A. (TASC)” <albert.pisani@tasc.com>,
Aaron Barr <aaron@hbgary.com>
cc “Heider, Raymond A (TASC)” <raymond.heider@tasc.com>,
“Lovegrove, John (TASC)” <John.Lovegrove@tasc.com>,
“Garcia, Kathy (TASC)” <KATHERINE.GARCIA@tasc.com>
date Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 1:00 PM
subject RE: EXTERNAL:
mailed-by tasc.com

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Hi Al,

We are currently working on defining the positions for key folks we want
on COIN. We expect to get the reqs posted by end of the month.

By the way, Aaron and I thought it a good idea for you to visit the
customer who has the COIN mission. What are your availabilities for the
next week or two? Additionally, who else do you think should attend?

Since Aaron has communications with the customer, I defer to him to
arrange the meeting. He also wants to pre-brief you on some of the
mission intricacies.

We spoke to Google and Apple last week. They both agreed to be on our
team! I love this kind of innovation.

Our team consists of:

- TASC (PMO, creative services)
— HB Gary (Strategy, planning, PMO)
— Akamai (infrastructure)
— Archimedes Global (Specialized linguistics, strategy, planning)
— Acclaim Technical Services (specialized linguistics)
— Mission Essential Personnel (linguistic services)
— Cipher (strategy, planning operations)
— PointAbout (rapid mobile application development, list of strategic
partners)
— Google (strategy, mobile application and platform development — long
list of strategic partners)
— Apple (mobile and desktop platform, application assistance -long list
of strategic partners)

We are trying to schedule an interview with ATT plus some other small
app developers.

We, truly have the team to beat on this!

Let me know if you need more info.

Thanks,

Chris Clair

Aaron Barr aaron@hbgary.com
to “Clair, Chris (TASC)” <CHRISTOPHER.CLAIR@tasc.com>
date Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 1:19 PM
subject Re: EXTERNAL:
mailed-by hbgary.com

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Chris,

Probably a good time to talk about what role I would like to play once we win. I know it is impossible until we really see the RFP to determine any concise workshare but probably a good idea for you and I to have a high level discussion on the topic so we aren’t surprising each other with a perspective that doesn’t match. I definitely want to use this contract to rebuild an IO development capability as well as provide some of the strategy, planning and security services. Again we don’t know size of contract yet but on the low side I would like 5 FTEs and on the high side I would like 10 FTEs (depending on size of contract) mostly doing mobile and social media development. Overall I would like 25% of the overall contract value. So lets set up a time to talk I would like to hear your thoughts.

Aaron

Hi Aaron,

Does this look right? Call me at 703–403–0326 if you can shed any light on this.

Chris
From: Lovegrove, John (TASC)
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 1:41 PM
To: Heider, Raymond A (TASC); Clair, Chris (TASC)
Cc: Bane, Christopher J (TASC)
Subject: RE: COIN/ROMAS

Don’t know Ray. I just talked to Kim and she is sending me information on the high side. The market survey went to NG. She is going to add us to the bidders list. I’ll let you know as soon as I see the documents.

From: Heider, Raymond A (TASC)
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 1:35 PM
To: Lovegrove, John (TASC); Clair, Chris (TASC)
Cc: Bane, Christopher J (TASC)
Subject: RE: COIN/ROMAS

Does Odyssey combine the Technology and Content pieces of the work?

Ray

From: Lovegrove, John (TASC)
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 1:16 PM
To: Clair, Chris (TASC)
Cc: Heider, Raymond A (TASC)
Subject: COIN/ROMAS

Chris,

I just spoke to the group chief on the contracts side (Doug K). COIN has been replaced by a procurement called Odyssey. He says that it is in the formative stages and that something should be released this year. The contracting officer is Kim R. He believes that Jason is the COTR.

Kim will be getting in touch with me to bring me up to speed, I will also give her your name as a POC.

We should talk to Aaron and see how this tracks with his information.

WR,

John

spoke to the CO for COIN yesterday. The current procurement approach is cancelled, she cited changed requirements. They will be coming out with some documents in a month or two, most likely an updated RFI. There will be a procurement following soon after. We are on the list to receive all information.

My speculation is that the four separate contracts approach was justifiably shot down and they are re-grouping.

John Lovegrove

Director

Office: (703) 449–3812

Cell: (571) 294–5154

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What was the logic of the 4 contract approach??

From: Lovegrove, John (TASC)
Sent: Friday, September 24, 2010 02:55 PM
To: Aaron Barr <aaron@hbgary.com>; Clair, Chris (TASC); Wagner, Rick (TASC); Brunst Jr, Gerald R (TASC); Heider, Raymond A (TASC); Pisani, Albert A. (TASC)
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All,

From what we heard the split is a negotiation between the COTR and the OPS officer. Seems that the incumbent team proposed a sole source contract. The incoming COTR approved it. The OPS boss (John) and his boss (Marybeth) disputed the decision and opted out. The negotiation was to split up the RFP into 4 parts and bid them separately to keep the customer team together. We did not get any information beyond that but it was disputed later in the week. I hope the RFI means they are serious this time.

If you need more info, we can talk Monday. Let me know if you want me to set it up.

Chris

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From: Heider, Raymond A (TASC)
Sent: Fri 9/24/2010 5:20 PM
To: Lovegrove, John (TASC); ‘aaron@hbgary.com’; Clair, Chris (TASC); Wagner, Rick (TASC); Brunst Jr, Gerald R (TASC); Pisani, Albert A. (TASC)
Subject: Re: COIN/ROMAS status

What was the logic of the 4 contract approach??

From: Lovegrove, John (TASC)
Sent: Friday, September 24, 2010 02:55 PM
To: Aaron Barr <aaron@hbgary.com>; Clair, Chris (TASC); Wagner, Rick (TASC); Brunst Jr, Gerald R (TASC); Heider, Raymond A (TASC); Pisani, Albert A. (TASC)
Subject: COIN/ROMAS status

I spoke to the CO for COIN yesterday. The current procurement approach is cancelled, she cited changed requirements. They will be coming out with some documents in a month or two, most likely an updated RFI. There will be a procurement following soon after. We are on the list to receive all information.

My speculation is that the four separate contracts approach was justifiably shot down and they are re-grouping.

John Lovegrove

Director

Office: (703) 449–3812

Cell: (571) 294–5154

Epilogue: October 2016, at the very moment Archimedes was working with Cambridge Analytica and Palantir to scrape Facebook of user data of 50 million U.S. citizens to win election for Trump (both firms shared top execs as well), using what appears to be a similar input-output strategem as was used in Romas/COIN, I try once again, from prison, to alert the public via my column for The Intercept, which had won the National Magazine Award a few months prior.

Hodge, Roger on 10/13/2016 3:00 PM wrote:

Betsy and I both think you’re getting too far into the weeds with the HBGary affair. It’s very hard to follow if you’re haven’t recently reread all the HBGary reporting (as I now have). Also legal concerns about associating Booz Allen, Apple, Google with HBGary based on the unsubstantiated claims in the emails. These guys are obviously bragging and trying to hustle business. Suggest cutting back on the summary there like so. Otherwise we’re ready to publish as soon as I get the copy edit today. Probably publishing over the weekend.

Betsy Reed, along with Greenwald — who I sent the entire Romas/COIN report in late 2011 when I first wrote about it for The Guardian — recently made the decision to close down the Snowden archives at The Intercept. I maintain that they are incompetent to do so, and call upon both to resign.

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