posted on Aug, 29 2013 @ 03:14 AM
Here is the link to the "vocative" article:
Vocative on Operation
The operation was initially code-named Lowrider, but officially known as the Northern Command Aerial Sensor Platform. And like so many military
enterprises since 9/11, the contract was privatized: Without a bidding process, the government farmed it out to a large private defense company,
Sierra Nevada Corporation, to provide the planes, pilots and crews for the classified missions.
It gets even better. The program is using sensor technology from "Big Safari":
The secret nature of the Lowrider program makes its rough outlines difficult to trace. But one document obtained by Vocativ indicates that it
began with a 2011 directive from the Pentagon’s Northern Command to the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group—a secretive U.S. Air Force office also
known as Big Safari. That summer, Big Safari awarded an $18 million contract to Sierra Nevada Corporation for the Northern Command Aerial Sensor
Platform. The company would provide the planes, integrated with the intelligence-gathering equipment, and the crews.
"Big Safari" is based out of Palmdale.
The program never went for bid on the fbo.gov website, which everyone monitors. Well at least I do. That is how it escaped detection.
Last year Republican Congressman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania wrote to the Pentagon raising concerns about the military’s decision to award the
contract to Sierra Nevada without putting it out for competitive bidding, as the law usually requires. Shuster didn’t specifically mention Mexico or
refer to the Lowrider program by name, but his letter, obtained by Vocativ, alludes to an aircraft “currently operating in North America providing
aerial surveillance and signals intelligence collection in support of Northern Command.”
I never heard of Vocativ, but they do damn good research.