DIA: getting it

Scooped by Shloky:

The U.S. Department of Defense’s lead intelligence agency is using
wikis, blogs, RSS feeds and enterprise “mashups”
to help its analysts
collaborate better when sifting through data used to support military

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is seeing “mushrooming”
use of these various Web 2.0 technologies that are becoming critical to
accomplishing missions that require intelligence sharing among
analysts, said Lewis Shepherd, chief of DIA’s Requirements and Research
Group at the Pentagon.


As a recent report confirmed, DIA has not been the most technically astute (among other things) place around at the working level. This is the place that thought that slapping a really crappy HTML front end to a really antiquated database was pushing the bleeding edge.

Indications that they were taking technology seriously came just a few years ago when they hired a CTO that didn’t need a dictionary to know what XML stood for (unlike some senior staff with “information” or “technology” attached to their titles). If anyone was going to make something happen on the tech front, it was going to be Bob.

4 comments for “DIA: getting it

  1. Michael
    February 27, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    The RSS approach is particularly attractive given the massive volume of reports one must get through before more substantial work even starts. Being able to sort through a hundred data sources in a few minutes and shunting off the promising ones to a new browser window for further review probably cuts down the daily grind by an order of magnitude.
    They’re creeping, but they’re headed in the right direction.

  2. mt
    February 27, 2007 at 4:17 PM
  3. Mycroft
    February 26, 2007 at 9:24 AM

    A.E: Government agencies are like large petrie dishes, with lots of samples cooking simultaneously. When management decrees a new change in the system, the change percolates through at varying rates.
    So it’s perfectly possible for absurd practices to coexist two doors down with rational ones, simultaneously. I think half the trick of making reform stick at a federal agency is for management to stick around long enough to make it take, or reach “critical mass” on the petrie dish lattice.

  4. February 25, 2007 at 12:02 AM

    It’s a move in the right direction. I read the very stringent critique of DIA in the Small Wars Journal Blog.
    It seemed like things were going downhill there.

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