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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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June 11, 2007

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Proud American Liberal

I can tell you, as a contractor, that rampant contracting by both government and industry is destroying our economy, our infrastructure, our security, and our system of government. Regular employees who haven't been downsized or outsourced are carrying the load of four or five people. Projects don't get completed. Security (as in badges and computer access) is extended to thousands of workers who have no loyalty or stake in the company or agency they are ocntracted to. Critical infrastructure is being neglected due to cost considerations (read PROFITS). We are headed for collapse.

Retired

I have certainly witnessed overworked and inexperienced staffers trying to manage too many contracts in an attempt to efficiently and effectively accomplish what line government employees used to do. Adding to the problem is the fact that half of the contractor on-site supervisors working for the staffers are their ex-bosses! It would be bad enough having one ex-boss work for you. Three or four all at once, along with another four or so of your former contemporaries who previously ranked above you on the career service promotion list before scooting to pick up a paycheck almost twice your own, is just asking too much.

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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.