Missouri: Concrete “Home” of Overwatch Systems CTO Is One of the Largest in the U.S.

January 14th, 2011

Overwatch is wholly owned by defense giant Textron. This is from the Overwatch homepage:

Overwatch delivers multi-source intelligence (multi-INT), geospatial analysis and custom intelligence solutions to the Department of Defense, national agencies and civilian organizations. Our solutions enable analysts to integrate and leverage multiple intelligence sources to improve situational understanding and deliver actionable intelligence in support of counter-terrorism, irregular warfare and civil applications such as climate control, ecosystem management and environmental planning.

Overwatch is at the forefront of technology innovation, providing advancements in the multi-source and geospatial intelligence fields. Among the many innovations our software solutions have been noted for include leading capabilities such as:

* On-demand image processing
* Multi-terabyte image support
* Advanced 3D analysis and visualization
* Customized, web-enabled workflow management
* Full motion video exploitation
* Collection and collaboration integration software
* Human terrain socio-cultural information software
* Multi-source intelligence fusion and predictive analysis
* Think-to-contact intelligence software
* Satellite communications

From protecting the Earth to protecting its inhabitants, Overwatch solutions are delivering mission-critical understanding to intelligence analysts everywhere. Whether pre-packaged or tailored to customer requirements, Overwatch solutions incorporate multi-functional, industry-leading technologies flexible enough to meet military, civil and commercial customer needs today and into the future.

Moving on to the house; it’s zoned as a single family residence. With a family of four, that’s 18,000 square feet per person.

So, *chortle* yeah right this is a private residence.

Now, what do you get when you combine:

The ambitious project, nearly three years in and barely at the first floor


Now, “hundreds” of construction trucks are the norm. “One right after another,” Johnson said. “It’s been like that for over a year now.

There’s almost certainly a large underground component to this, and, I’d guess that there’s approximately zero chance that this is a private residence. With regard to what’s really happening there, I have no idea.

Via: Christian County Headliner News:

A house currently under construction near Highlandville spans almost a full acre from wall to wall, on a 500-acre site. The ambitious project, nearly three years in and barely at the first floor, totals 72,000 square feet.

Putting that figure in perspective might require a few comparisons. According to the Census Bureau, the average new home size over the last five years was between 2,100 and 2,500 square feet. Springfield’s Pythian Castle is between 34,000 and 39,000 square feet, said owner Tamara Finocchiaro. Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ house is 66,000 square feet.

The White House, with three wings on six levels, totals 55,000 square feet.

As for comparisons to local private homes, there may not be any.

Perhaps the only unsurprising parts of the massive project are the rumors.

“It’s all concrete, and I’ve heard it’ll have bulletproof glass and a concrete roof,” said Steve Johnson, neighbor to the Woods Fork Road property. “My wife was told it’s supposed to be a corporate retreat.”

At least one part of that is known to be true.

“The walls are all concrete,” said Sheriff Joey Kyle. “It’s large enough to fit two or three homes inside it.”

After hearing about the project, Kyle drove to the site to introduce himself and see it first hand.

The building permit application lists the cost of materials at nearly $6.9 million.

Johnson, who lives just yards from the gated and locked entrance, used to expect little traffic along the secluded road. Now, “hundreds” of construction trucks are the norm.

“One right after another,” Johnson said. “It’s been like that for over a year now. From what I’ve seen and heard, this place is unbelievable.”

The property’s deed says the Steven T. Huff Family, LCC is located in Leesburg, Va. Available online records of political campaign contributions show a Steven T. Huff of Leesburg to be an engineer and chief technology officer of Overwatch Systems, Ltd.

Research Credit: KH

One Response to “Missouri: Concrete “Home” of Overwatch Systems CTO Is One of the Largest in the U.S.”

  1. goldenmudd Says:

    i live near that, and actually drive through highlandville every couple of weeks. i’ve never noticed it, but i’m guessing it is farther south on hwy. 65 than where i turn at highlandville.

    anyway, as a personal residence it makes zero sense. people that build mansions down here do it one of two ways: in the middle of nowhere or on a lake. both of which are available in abundance. who would build their exclusive mansion within sight of a busy four lane highway? as to the underground component you mention, the ozarks are riddled with caves.

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