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QinetiQ is a science and technology company that was formerly an agency of the Ministry of Defence. In 1998, as part of a Strategic Defence review undertaken by the MOD, it was recommended that a Public Private Partnership was the most effective way of keeping costs down and maintaining the operational value of Britain's military research and development. Three years later, QinetiQ took over the bulk of the facilities that had been operated by the British government's Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, with only the most sensitive and secretive areas of research left in the hands of the MOD.

In December 2002, one third of the company was sold to the American investment group Carlyle for £150 million. Carlyle owns a number of defence and technology companies in the United States and amongst its senior management team are a few high profile individuals with links to President George W. Bush and previous Republican administrations.

These include:
· George Bush Senior, who acts as a senior advisor to the Carlyle Group
· Ronald Reagan's Secretary of Defence Frank Carlucci, who also acts as the Chair for the RAND Organisation's Centre for Middle East Public Policy.
· James A. Baker III, a lawyer who has led the campaigns of the last four Republican Presidents and who was George W. Bush's spokesman at the 2000 election. He was also Secretary of State from January 1989 through August 1992 in Bush Senior's administration, Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration and was President Reagan's White House Chief of Staff from 1981 to 1985. His work at the White House began in 1975 as President Ford's Under Secretary of Commerce and ended with his service once again as White House Chief of Staff for President Bush from August 1992 to January 1993.
· Richard G. Darman who served as Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and as a member of President George Bush Senior's cabinet. Richard Darman also held senior policy positions under four Presidents in six Cabinet Departments and the White House. These positions included: Assistant to the President of the United States (1981-85); Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury (1985-87); and Assistant U.S. Secretary of Commerce (1976-77)
· In Europe, the Chairman of the Carlyle Group is John Major, the former Conservative Prime Minister.

QinetiQ manages the 42 installations in the UK, those in Scotland include:
· The former Royal Ordnance Factory in Bishopton, Renfrewshire[60]
· Burntisland in Fife[92]
· BUTEC in Ross-shire[24]
· Hebrides (South Uist and Benbecula) in the Hebrides [33 & 12]
· Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway[69]
· Loch Goil in Argyllshire[68]
· Rona in Ross-shire[30]
· Rosneath in Dunbartonshire[83]
· Rosyth in Fife[103]
· Skipness on Loch Fyne[86]
· West Freugh in Wigtownshire[88]
For further details on QinetiQ visit www.qinetiq.com


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