Past Features

September 9, 2016

Did DHS kill American jobs?
Was Northrop Grumman a victim as well?

Left, logo of Saudi Aramco, Right, Northrop Grumman engineers join with SEIDARM tech team to test walk the system.
American Patrol Report   
Lost Opportunity?
Email from Northrop Grumman engineer
    C*** just finished a multi-year program installing NGC xxxx systems for ARMCO. If we can develop an interface between your system and xxxx he thinks ARAMCO will be interested in it for pipeline security. This is a huge worry right now for ARAMCO. If this is possible, he can pitch your system to his contacts and since it will no doubt beat every other linear sensor on the market today. (I do believe this as no other sensor can detect underground tunneling, Ultra-light AC and both foot and vehicle threats). The Sauds may be interested in using it and integrating it into their existing xxxx system. Since ARAMCO has hundreds of miles of pipeline we are talking a big multi-year contract. This could be just the kickoff of getting your sensor system onto the market and growth for you and your company.
Follow-on
(Documentation establishing the factual for these statements is available for examination by appropriate authorities.)
    On April 28, 2014, Glenn Spencer received an email inquiry from Pablo Genta of Saudi Aramco regarding his seismic technology.
    This led to the negotiation of a non-disclosure agreement between Spencer and Adhuljakim a Al Gouhli, General Manager, Pipelines, for Saudi Aramco.
    Spencer then received a draft "PILOT TEST AGREEMENT FOR PIPELINES ENCROCHMENT DETECTION SYSTEMS".
    Spencer was working on completing this agreement when contact with Northrop Grumman was broken off. Spencer's company did not have the resources to obtain an export license that would have been necessary to send a test copy of his technology to Saudi Arabia.
    It was estimated that Spencer's technology could well have resulted in contracts in the "hundreds of millions of dollars" with Saudi Aramco - and jobs for the people of Arizona.
    As reported here, Glenn Spencer has raised the possibility that DHS interfered with his business relationship with Northrop Grumman. Spencer says he places no blame at all on Northrop Grumman for this lost opportunity. "They were as much a victim as I," he said.

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