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  • Dr. Hillhouse has run Cuban rum between East and West Berlin, smuggled jewels from the Soviet Union and slipped through some of the world’s tightest borders. From Uzbekistan to Romania, she's been followed, held at gunpoint and interrogated. Foreign governments and others have pitched her for recruitment as a spy. (They failed.)

    A former professor and Fulbright fellow, Dr. Hillhouse earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Michigan. Her latest novel, OUTSOURCED (Forge Books) is about the turf wars between the Pentagon and the CIA and the privatization of national security.

    Dr. Hillhouse is an expert on national security outsourcing. Her controversial work has twice elicited a formal response by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence--the only times that office has ever publicly responded to the writings of a private citizen.

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November 16, 2006

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kelley b.

Nice catch, and nice blog.

These highly qualified individuals will doubtless find employment security under future Republican administrations, where a good Storm Trooper will always come in handy.

Rob F.

Or those storm troopers will be handy when the radical, Islamic fundamentalists decide to clothe you in an orange jumpsuit and parade you around on the internet just before they saw your head off. The French thought the same thing about Hitler until the Germans started marching down the Champs Elysees because they like the shade.

R J Hillhouse

Actually, private military corporations are going to be around and active regardless of a Republican or Democratic administration. The Pentagon and others have found them quite useful and effective in current conflicts. Among other things, they provide a flexibility the regular military doesn't.

Storm Troopers they're not. Most of them are decent guys trying to make some money to support their families and get ahead, using the skills they've learned in the military where they were grossly underpaid.

That many are quite full of themselves with "Blackwater Fever" is quite another story...

Chris Abraham

Since when did merc culture map to gay culture? Very odd. Mousse? Skin-tight shirts? Speedos? This has totally redefined my concept of "flash bangs."

"I don't think he will ever call me again. I think he was using a false name."

Ha ha.

That said, I guess you can always pass all of that off as "boys will be boys" etc...

Drunk Englishman

You forgot to mention about their getting oiled up for beardy tough guy man-wrestling in lycra. They did this up in Mosul.
Also you missed that they can't physically turn their heads around without turning their whole torsos, and that they carry invisible rolls of carpet under each arm.

Apart from that, spot on pal!

AJS

Yep...that all sounds about right!

Biggest bunch of clowns and idiots ever to grace the PSD arena..........walter mittys!!!!

Surprised by the lack of Oakleys being mentioned, as we all know that they transform the monkey wearing them into a Bullet Proof Terminator type!!

funny man

im getting a word..............its coming to me..........NONCE
Just think of the work you can do when you get home lads
'CAN I HAVE FRIES WITH THAT.'
or you could make a living telling everyone your war stories...do you know that people think you are a joke.

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Acknowledgements

  • A tip of the hat to investigative journalist Tim Shorrock who inspired the name of this blog with his path-breaking 2005 article, "The Spy Who Billed Me."

    Shorrock has a dedicated web page on outsourcing in intel. It links to many of his articles which are must-reads for anyone interested in the privatization of intelligence.