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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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June 01, 2007


Uncle $cam

Fourth Generation Warfare Evolves, Fifth Emerges (pdf) Changes in the political, economic, social, and technical spheres are making it possible for a super-empowered small group to use new technologies to challenge nation­-states.

Uncle $cam

opps... left out: Colonel T.X. Hammes, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired

Uncle $cam

Judge Halts Award Of Iraq Contract

A federal judge yesterday ordered the military to temporarily refrain from awarding the largest security contract in Iraq. The order followed an unusual series of events set off when a U.S. Army veteran filed a protest against the government practice of hiring what he calls mercenaries, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Erik Rader

That 70% figure is extremely disturbing, but probably not altogether accurate, given that a large chunk of their funding is "black". Additionally, the intelligence budget contains so many functions that aren't truly "intelligence related" - IT support, janitorial, accounting, office clerks, facility maintenance, etc. How much of that 70% is made up of these support functions?

Oh, and Uncle $cam, there's a huge difference between the thugs the robber barons hired as strike breakers and modern PMC's. I didn't know about the anti-Pinkerton Act, though, so I need to research that. Overall, though, I doubt the lawsuit gets very far, as the government will most likely invoke some of the various "national security" clauses to have it quashed.

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  • 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.