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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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May 23, 2008


Tony Foresta

How is the contracter awarded this contract and for what reason, or upon what justification?

How is it possible that the CO is so inexperienced that the CO is incapable of administering the TO?

How is it possible that "“It’s gotten so bad in acquisitions that you can’t even do their job for them without them somehow screwing it up”?

And most alarmingly - is this revelation not certain proof that the Private Intelligence industrial complex is woefully incompetent, and greviously injuring America's capacity to glean actionable intelligence against those groups, klans, or cults that threaten America?

Tony Foresta

The silence is deafening, and - disturbing.


"is this revelation not certain proof that the Private Intelligence industrial complex is woefully incompetent..?"

No! It says that the US Intel bureaucracies are so bloated, choked and multi-layered that nothing can pass through them in usable form.

A. Guest

Come back... please?


Just reread Outsourced, love it.

best regards,

Steve in Syracuse


Great post, thanks very much.

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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.