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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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July 16, 2007



I'm about 2/3 my way through "Outsources" and it's great! If I didn't have a crash consulting gig that came over the transom a week or so ago I wouldn't have put it down until I finished it.

WXCE is making a stretch if they're billing themselves as based in Minneapolis. Actually they're in Amery, WI, 60 or so miles NE as the crow flies. I'll try to pull it in tomorrow morning if I get away for a bit.

The gig you should try to get here is KNOW, the MN Public Radio news station, and especially on their "Midmorning" show with Kerri Miller. She does a lot of author interviews, and being of that rare breed, female spy novel authors, might be a good wedge for getting her attention. She's a sharp lady who does her homework, and there are a lot of intelligent, well-informed listeners. If I knew anyone there I'd put in a plug, but I don't.

FYI, here's the link to KNOW:


I'm reading "Outsourced", not "Outsources". Sorry.


Me yet again. Killing time before 3:30 conference call.

Anyway, I just read about this on Freakonomics blog:

Thought it might be helpful.


The professor who tried to draw an analogy between McClellan's use of Pinkerton during the Civil War obviously hasn't even taken the time to read Pinkerton's own book on the subject. Pinkerton himself was given what amounted to a reserve commission as a Major, and most of his counterintelligence officers operating in northern territories received military ranks of some sort. The intelligence operatives who spyed in the South were a mixed bag, some had military status and some did not.

The Flying Tigers and Air America were both stand alone operations created to meet specific needs in specific theaters of operations. Trying to compare them with half of the people in CIA headquarters being contractors just doesn't hold water, even for someone with such a distinguished academic post as adjunct professor.

Tony Foresta

Congatulations. Dr. Hillhouse.

On a side note - and forgive me if I simply missed it - but is there any research on Enrynis and the disturbing Litvinenko) polonium 210 events?


compliments again on your excellent site and your enduring sense of humor. Great antique radio in the pic, too. I collect them. Dr. Hillhouse, have you looked into making an appearance on "coast to Coast A.M.? They have a huge audience. I once spoke to "Will and Penny" from the "Lost In Space" series on the show. They also have featured serious intelligence people such as yourself, along with the occasional whackjob for shits and giggles.

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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.