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More Fodder for Parents with Military Aged Children

By June 23, 2005

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A reminder that this Administration advocates running the government like a business:
The Defense Department yesterday began working with a private marketing firm to create a database of all U.S. college students as well as high-school students between ages 16 and 18, to help the military identify potential recruits in a time of dwindling enlistment....

Privacy advocates said the plan, by using private firms, appeared to be an effort to circumvent laws that restrict the government's right to collect or hold citizen information.
The firm chosen, BeNow, publishes no information on principals on its website -- no names at all. There isn't even an accessible address. (There is a link, it doesn't work in Firefox.) The Wakefield, MA company is highlighted in a CRM (customer relationship management) directory, which identifies it as privately held with 80 employees; leadership: Brad Neuenhaus, President and CEO ; Tom McGinley, COO; and Ed Connor, CTO .

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