Who Controls the CIA? The Dangers of Outsourcing
Thu, November 1, 2007 • 5:00 PM • 10th Floor of the LBJ Library in the Brown Room
Who Controls the CIA? The Dangers of OutsourcingThe Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law International Security Speaker Series invites you to "Who Controls the CIA? The Dangers of Outsourcing" on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 5:00pm on the 10th Floor of the LBJ Library in the Brown Room. Author R. J. Hillhouse will address the growing outsourcing of intelligence and military operations and its impact on U.S. national security. She also will discuss the recent controversy over the activities in Iraq of the American contractor Blackwater, which spurred U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates this week to call for reform of such outsourcing.
Dr. Hillhouse has run Cuban rum, smuggled jewels and slipped through some of the world's tightest security. Foreign governments attempted to recruit her as a spy. (They failed.) A former professor and Fulbright fellow, Hillhouse earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Michigan and is an expert in international affairs. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post and New York Times, and she writes the leading blog on the outsourcing of national security: The Spy Who Billed Me. Her controversial articles have twice triggered responses from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. She also is author of two critically acclaimed spy thrillers, including the recent Outsourced, which inspired Forbes to praise her as "the Tom Clancy of the corporate military and intelligence age."
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