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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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October 03, 2007


Bomb Guy

Go Blue?????

R J Hillhouse

A bad year, I know, but what were they thinking playing Appalachian anyway? Hillbillies kick ass, whether we're from the Ozarks or Appalachia. As a Sooner, you should know that...


Dave burns

So who is the huge, low-pro outfit that proides security to CIA sites? BTW, read your book, 4.0

R J Hillhouse

These guys have been successfully low profile, so I'm not going to out them for no reason. Sorry.

However, for a cheap beer, I will out the "Bomb Guy" from the above comment. ;)

Good to hear you enjoyed OUTSOURCED!


Bomb Guy

If you out me, I will run you down in a Big Island shopping center parking lot---again. For some reason, I never knew you attended Michigan. Thought your PH.D. was from Tumbleweed Tech or something. Shows how much I pay attention to your profile etc.!!! My lovely and talented Mrs. informed me you were a Wolverine. Is it true that there are no Wolverines in Michigan?

R J Hillhouse

Hey what kind of a EOD dude are you, running women down on their way to Starbucks instead of using explosives? And for the record, you didn't get me on either pass, even in my pre-caffeinated state!

You know, a true friend would've used explosives on my truck during the height of book publicity instead of trying to run me down with a little oh-so-manly rental car...

BTW, do you know the current going rate for an EOD guy in Iraq? Has the rate remained stable lately?


Bomb Guy

I think it has stayed about the same. Depending on quals. from 150K to 180K for techs. Mgt. is a little more. Not enough to get my interest.

With per diem, a team leader here can make 140K. Of course, they spend it all on fast cars, booze and women!

R J Hillhouse

Wow, that's a tough choice, 140k in Hawaii or starting at 150k in Iraq. Hmmm...

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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.