Mitre Corporation

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Group.png Mitre Corporation  
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HeadquartersBedford, Massachusetts, McLean, Virginia
LeaderMitre Corporation/President
Interests“vaccine passport”, internet of things
SubpageMitre Corporation/President
Mitre Corporation/Vice president
Membership• Donald M. Kerr
• Mike Rogers
• George Campbell
• Lance R. Collins
• Nicholas M. Donofrio
• David G. Fubini
• George C. Halvorson
• Paul G. Kaminski
• Yvette Meléndez
• Cathy E. Minehan
• John Noseworthy
• Jason Providakes
• Adalio T. Sanchez
• Rodney E. Slater
• Jason Providakes
• Cindy L. Williams
• Martin C. Faga
• Jane F. Garvey
• David Jeremiah
• Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr.
• Paul F. Gorman
• John J. Hamre
• Richard J. Kerr
• Donald M. Kerr
• Montgomery Meigs
• John P. Stenbit
• James R. Schlesinger
• Robert Kheler
• William E. Gortney
• Robert Brendan
• Jan Elizabeth Tighe
• Edmund Peter Glambastiani III
• John Francis Campbel
“You may not know it, but Mitre touches your life most every day."

The Mitre Corporation is an organization for the operation of research institutes on behalf of the United States government. It was created by as a joint project of the US Air Force and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)[1] to develop ‘command and control’ systems for nuclear and conventional warfare, but has developed many other things, like surveillance systems. Its role during the COVID-19 deep event included creating doomsday predictions, for then to help develop vaccine passports.

As its promo material says: “You may not know it, but Mitre touches your life most every day.”[2] [3]


The Mitre leadership per 2021.Robert Kheler (top right); William E. Gortney (top center); Robert Brendan (top left); Jan Elizabeth Tighe (bottom left); Edmund Peter Glambastiani III (bottom center); John Francis Campbell (bottom right)

With 8,000 employees and an annual budget of between $1 billion and $2 billion of taxpayers’ money, Mitre Corp., a government-linked Skunk Works, has been making bleeding-edge breakthroughs for U.S. agencies for more than six decades.[2] Unlike most of the military-industrial complex, it is run on a non-profit basis.

The organization has several dozen offices worldwide, mainly in the United States and internationally, with a focus on Germany.

“The characteristic of Mitre that I've always explained to people is that when we say we do information sciences, we go way beyond what people would typically call IT,” Martin Faga, Mitre CEO from 2000 to 2006, told Forbes Magazine.[2]


Under the leadership of Clair W. "Hap" Halligan, Mitre was formed in 1958 to provide overall direction to the companies and workers involved in the U.S. Air Force and its attempt to create an air defense system against nuclear weapons.

Over the next 40 years, Mitre was behind the scenes of air surveillance technologies such as the Airborne Warning and Communications Systems (AWACS) and the Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (STARS). It also played a significant role in the development of much-used tech like GPS and the commercial airline Traffic Collision Avoidance System.

Mitre operates several federally funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs):

Project Examples

Mitre is given freedom to develop some of the more radical answers to the government's needs.

Fingerprint Collection From Social Media

A $500,000 “social media image fingerprinting project” for the FBI started in 2015. The goal was to collect fingerprints from peoples’ Facebook, Twitter and other social media posts.

It was run by an FBI hacking unit in Quantico, the Operational Technology Division, and funded by a previously unreported research funding body called Triad. Chris Piehota, the recently retired chief, said that Triad was designed to fund innovative research from objective outside bodies and that “image fingerprinting” is as literal as it sounds: trying to capture biometric information from social media images. Think of gang members who put up photos of themselves online, making gang signs with their hands, explains Piehota. “They’re also giving us access to their fingerprint patterns,” he adds. “The FBI can take your fingerprint characteristics from those images and they can build fingerprint files or fingerprint characteristics for individuals [for whom] we don’t have biographic information.”

FBI surveillance databases

Mitre has a history in assisting the U.S. government’s expansion of biometric surveillance. Another 2014 contract details Mitre’s work assisting the FBI on facial recognition tools, right down to “creating local watch lists by flagging subjects of interest.” It’s also helping the FBI build the Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, which is one of the biggest databases of criminal suspects’ faces, fingerprints and other identifying body parts on the planet. According to the FBI, the NGI is “the world's largest and most efficient electronic repository of biometric and criminal history information.” It’s cost the FBI at least $500 million since its incipience in 2007.[2]

Mitre helped the FBI create the Modernized Intelligence Database, which enables police programmers to link activists to their political causes, associates, employers, criminal records, mugshots and fingerprints, spending habits, and even tax information.[4]


On March 17, 2020, just hours after a global pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contracted Mitre to “engage, inform and guide” mayors, governors and emergency response officials on the COVID-19 response.[5]

In June 2020 Mitre published a white paper outlining the projected impact on COVID-19 on the US population, and issuing recommendations for local and federal officials on an emergency response.[6] Mitre’s paper asserted that COVID-19 represented “an epidemic that is approximately as dangerous as the Spanish Flu that infected 500 million people and killed 50 million worldwide.” Mitre demanded that authorities reduce social contact between members of the US population by 90 percent, impose harsh lockdowns, shut down virtually all businesses, seal borders, and “quarantine returning citizens in hotels or other facilities, one to a room, with skeleton staff.”[7]

Mitre is part of the Vaccine Credential Initiative, declaring that it had joined the partnership “to ensure that underserved populations have access to this [digital vaccine] verification,”[8] (i.e. that no one can hide).

Mitre runs its own “COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition” with similarity important intelligence companies like Palantir, a private intelligence firm founded in 2003 by Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel, and In-Q-Tel a "non-profit enterprise funded by the Central Intelligence Agency.

Hacking Internet of Things

Mitre’s high-tech snooping also extends to the fast-growing sector of connected devices, such as smartwatches, speakers, TVs and security cameras. In a $500,000 September 2017 contract, the Department of Homeland Security asked Mitre to create a system that could locate and hack into smartwatches, fitness trackers, home automation devices or anything that could be classed as an Internet of Things (IoT) system.[2]


The JASON Group has been working under Mitre since the late 1970s.


The members are from the board of trustees per 2021[9], plus some historical members[10].

Further reading

‘Cloak and dagger’ military-intelligence outfit at center of US digital vaccine passport push


Known Participants

4 of the 31 of the participants already have pages here:

Martin C. Faga
John HamreUS MICC insider
Richard KerrDeputy Director of Central Intelligence under George H. W. Bush.
James R. SchlesingerUSDSO, DCI, RAND, US Defense secretary