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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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September 05, 2007



Woohoo! Congrats, Dr. Hillhouse - it truly is stay up all night finishing 'cause I gotta find out how it ends book.


RJH : I "seeded" the Forbes story in my column at Newsvine on Sept. 1, and you'll find my thoughts about the book on the comment thread there.

Don't wince, I was nice. :)

PS : You'll also find a "friend request" there on your column from me.

PPS : I enjoyed the book very much, and you've gotten my attention on the PMCs to the point where I'm getting familiar with the names and who's doing what & where. hehe

Derek Gilbert

I absolutely agree with Forbes. For what it's worth, I posted a five-star review at and I've been recommending it to friends. It's eye-opening, to say the least. Outsourced kept me up past 3:00am for the first time in years.

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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.