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.