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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.

    She is a regular media guest and available for interviews.

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November 21, 2006

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Interestingly, some of the smarter DoD secret squirrels of late have contracted with the same people that train Agency case officers to help them de-militarize their appearance and demeanor when conducting undisclosed and uncoordinated clandestine "preparation of the battlefield" missions overseas in places like, say, France. Some of the training advice included not wearing military style watches, military footwear, and military or military-inspired clothing (i.e., 5.11 gear), as well as taking off your sunglasses during a torrential rainstorm, even when you are conducting pre-operational surveillance and don't want people to know where your eyes are directed. Growing and grooming non-excentric head and facial hair was also covered, as was the inadvisability of whipping out a balisong in a Paris restaurant to cut your steak and frites.

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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.