Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Q fighting the Four Horsemen

The projects to be launched at a top-secret University of Maryland research center would make "Q" - James Bond's owlish gadget-meister - blink with tears of envy.

In the coming months, teams of the nation's top theoretical mathematicians, behavioral scientists, software engineers and futurists will assemble to figure out how to make U.S. intelligence better, faster and more efficient.

Aston Martins with twin machine guns and ejector seats? Flamethrower bagpipes? Jet packs? The missile-firing leg cast?

Beyond that. Way beyond that.

US Intelligence. Now there's an oxymoron. Back to the story.

"We're talking technology breakthroughs," she said. "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are stampeding across the planet as we speak, and there are those who have a predatory intent against the United States of America.

"We have to stand sentry to make sure that never, ever again is there an attack on the United States and its interests abroad."

The mountains of intel coming in are overwhelming the analysts.
Intelligence officials swamped with war, terrorism, piracy, competition from Russia and China, swine flu and other problems are looking to the researchers for relief.

"They will, I hope," said Blair, "help us find the right dots to connect."

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