ManTech International, a leading beneficiary of U.S. government spending for the “war on terrorism,” started out as a specialized military contractor that devised war-game models and later began offering a wide range of professional services to various federal agencies. Since the 9/11 attacks, ManTech has grown nearly fourfold mostly by providing information technology and systems engineering services to intelligence agencies and the Pentagon, which together account for more than 90 percent of its revenue. ManTech reached its position mainly by acquiring a series of other contractors with close ties to those sectors of the federal government.
ManTech also sought to be a leading provider of background checks and security clearances for the federal government, but that business did not perform to the satisfaction of investors and was sold to ManTech’s chief executive.
ManTech, which had a contract backlog of $3.2 billion at the end of 2007, has cemented its ties to the Washington establishment by naming to its board of directors the likes of retired admiral David E. Jeremiah, former vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. One of the company’s top officers has been Eugene Renzi, a retired Army general and father of Rep. Rick Renzi of Arizona.