The NSA showed off its ‘information dominance’ from the bridge of the Starship ‘Enterprise’

According to the sources contacted by Foreign Policy for a recent profile, NSA head Keith Alexander is a “cowboy,” a well-intentioned extremist, a blithely naive fan of big data. He is also, it appears, a huge fan of Star Trek. Foreign Policy describes Alexander’s data-processing “Information Dominance Center” in Fort Belvoir, Virginia as the site of a high tech homage to the Starship Enterprise. Alexander reportedly had his operations center redesigned to mimic the Enterprise bridge, “complete with chrome panels, computer stations, a huge TV monitor on the forward wall, and doors that made a ‘whoosh’ sound when they slid open and closed.”

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While only a brief look at the Information Dominance Center was offered in Foreign Policy’s…

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