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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.

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August 19, 2007

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GDAEman

Sorry for the extensive quote from Naomi Klein, but reading your piece reminded me of it, and it seems relevant.

Discussing the "bold evolution of market logic" that followed 9/11, Klein says:

"Rather than the ’90s approach of selling off existing public companies, like water and electricity, the Bush team was creating a whole new framework for its actions. That framework was and is the war on terror, which was built to be private, privately managed from the start. The Bush administration played the role of a kind of a venture capitalist for the startup security companies, and they created an economic boom on par with the dotcom boom of the 1990s. But we didn’t talk about it, because we were too busy talking about security."

"Now, this feat required a kind of two-stage process, which was using 9/11, of course, to radically increase the surveillance and security powers of the state, concentrated in the executive branch, but at the same time to take those powers and outsource them to a web of private companies, whether Blackwater, Boeing, AT&T, Halliburton, Bechtel, the Carlyle Group. Now, in the ’80s, the goal of privatization -- and in the ’90s -- was devouring the appendages of the state. But what was happening now is it was the core that was being devoured, because what is more central to the very definition of a state of a government than security and disaster response? Now, this is one of the great ironies of the war on terror, is that it proved such an effective weapon to furthering the corporate agenda precisely because it denied that it has, and continues to deny that it has, a corporate agenda at all."

Jeff Carr

Hi RJ: Your question about where the DIA made their preliminary announcement intrigued me, so I spent about an hour scouring the federal procurement sites and couldn't find the announcement. DIA has used http://www.fedbizopps.gov and http://techtransfer.gsfc.nasa.gov/funding-opps.html#dia
The latter is from the Virginia Contracting Activity (VACA) which seems to be DIA's primary outlet for contracting requests, but I couldn't find what the WashPo writer called a "preliminary announcement".

Retired

I see your $billion and raise you????? C'mon, Hqs, bring Dusty back and let's get into the game. Break out the Cohibas!

Mad Dogs

Howdy RJ,

Have you checked this "Solutions for Intelligence Analysis (SIA) Support" here:

http://www.fbo.gov/spg/ODA/DIA/ZD50A/HHM402-07-R-0087/SynopsisP.html

DIA, on its website states that it does its contracting "through the Virginia Contracting Activity, also known as VACA, which is a vital element of the Office of the Acquisition Executive (AE). Through VACA, DIA acquires the necessary products and services required to support its combat support mission."

I then chased the above link down through the DIA's website where they referenced the Federal Business Opportunities Website (www.fedbizopps.gov).

 R J Hillhouse

Thanks.

I already had rounded up the usual suspects and no joy.

RJH

Jeffrey Carr

Slightly off the topic, but I thought you'd appreciate the following bit of info from Secrecy News:

"A more ambitious and unprecedented declassification action is the congressional requirement to disclose the amount of the 2007 National Intelligence Program budget, which must be declassified and released by October 30. No exercise of discretion is permitted."

Here's a link to the documents:
http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_cr/hr1-intel.html

You've gotta love FAS.org.

John

You left off General Dynamics who is still heavily involved with DIA and their favorite partner. I know because my small biz company felt the sting of their partnership recently.

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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.