American security operations have, it is alleged, been outsourced to a far greater degree than most people imagine. Hillhouse claims we can no longer perform even covert operations without our mercenaries.
She doesn't describe why everyone from the FBI to the CIA to the NSA to the Army has been privatizing core operations. Surely it can't be to save money -- Blackwater operatives make far more than their military counterparts.
I suspect it's all about bypassing federal rules and American law. There are many operations the FBI cannot perform, but it can always outsource these operations to the less constrained private sector.
It will take many years of non-GOP rule to make a dent in their colossal mess.