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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The procuring of services or products, such as the parts used in manufacturing a motor vehicle, from an outside supplier or manufacturer in order to cut costs.

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  • v. Present participle of outsource.
  • n. The transfer of a business function to an external service provider

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  • "The assassination program - revealed to the US Congress in June by CIA director Leon Panetta - was launched in 2001 as a CIA-led effort to kill or capture top al-Qaeda members using the agency's paramilitary forces. But in 2004, after briefly terminating the program, agency officials decided to revive it under a different code name, using outside contractors, the officials said.
    'Outsourcing gave the agency more protection in case something went wrong,' said a retired intelligence officer intimately familiar with the assassination program."
    - Joby Warrick, CIA 'outsourced assassinations', theage.com.au, 21 August 2009.

    August 21, 2009

  • Unwort des Jahres 1996, Anwärter
    Imponierwort, das der Auslagerung/Vernichtung von Arbeitsplätzen einen seriösen Anstrich zu geben versucht

    www.unwortdesjahres.org

    January 15, 2008