Agents Under Fire

You've probably already read the Washington Times story on a 'game' the CIA plans to use to simulate and understand terrorist activities. The software is supposed to train analysts as they can play through and test scenarios on both sides. It's unknown how much the development of the untitled product will cost, but it would be part of a $10 million program ("Academic Outreach"). CIA officials already had to catch flak for this approach earlier, a follow-up article quotes some more politicians who are against projects like that.

"It raises questions about leadership at the agency," Mr. [Bob] Barr said. "What we ought to be doing is focusing our money and attention in identifying terrorists and their associates so we can be on the watch for these characters, not playing video games."
He further states:
"It seems like every month, like clockwork, one of these goofy stories appears," Mr. Barr said. "Hopefully, the mere fact this nonsense has been made public will give some members of Congress the tools they need to stop funding for this sort of thing."
Doesn't sound like he's aware that the army is currently funding projects like America's Army or the software Full Spectrum Warrior is based on. And using 'games' to simulate war scenarios isn't really something that hasn't been done before.

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What we ought to be doing is focusing our money and attention in identifying terrorists and their associates so we can be on the watch for these characters

Isn't that what the game is teaching them to do?  How long has the armed forces been using computer simulations?  What about NASA for simulated shuttle flights.  I wonder why this guy is a former congressman?  Maybe because he can't see through his intestines.

Ahh, Bob Barr.  He criticized the FBI for Waco without telling people he was loosely associated with a white supremicist group.  He criticized Clinton for adultery when he himself was an adulterer.  Now he's criticizing gaming in the CIA.  Five bucks says he's a rabid HALO player.