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Monday, July 19, 2010

Washington Post Uncovers Six 'Top Secret' Government Contractors in San Francisco

Posted By on Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 4:15 PM

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The Washington Post today rolled out its eagerly awaited investigative project, "Top Secret America." The multimedia production -- including video, databases, an interactive map, and a series of stories by Post aces Dana Priest and William M. Arkin -- attempts to catalog the massive intelligence apparatus, dubbed by the Post our new "fourth branch" of government, that sprang up after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (For the skinny synopsis of the Post's findings, check out this summary on The Atlantic's website.)

The project includes a listing of companies that contract for intelligence- and security-related work with the federal government. Among them, it turns out, are six San Francisco businesses. See a list after the jump.

Note that the Post chose not to disclose these businesses'

addresses in its database; we found them on the companies' websites and

through Google Maps. The companies identified by the Post that have offices in San Francisco are:

-- Autonomy, a software company that performs information-technology work for the government. It is located at One Market Plaza,

Spear Tower, Suite 1900.

-- Blackstone Technology Group, which performs management consulting, ground force operations (!), IT, and intelligence analysis work, according to the Post. Google Maps has two listings for Blackstone in San Francisco: one at 150 California St. and one at 605 Market St.

-- Digital Realty Trust, which contracts for disaster preparedness and infrastructure work. It's located at 560 Mission St., Suite 2900.

-- Executive Direction, which provides staffing and personnel to the government. The company's office is on the fourth floor of 847 Sansome St.

-- Riverbed Technology, an IT company at 199 Fremont St.

-- URS Corporation, a vintage-1957 firm that performs all kinds of work for Uncle Sam, including air and satellite operations, disaster preparedness, facilities and infrastructure, weapons technology, naval operations, nuclear operations, specialized military operations, and technical intelligence. URS hangs its shingle on the 26th floor of 600 Montgomery St.

There you go -- San Francisco isn't just a pretty town with cold nights in the summer and tasty crab in the winter. Want some nuclear operations with that burrito? We gotcha covered.

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