Friday, February 19, 2010
Hundreds to connect the dots
I'd previously wondered if it weren't possible to apply some Valley technology to help strengthen our national security in the wake of the attempted Christmas Day bombing. Since then, I'd come across Palantir Technology, a company the very much looks like what I had in mind. As heartening as this was, a recent New York Times piece, "New Teams Created to Connect Dots of Terror Plots," renewed my concerns. The counter terrorism center was preparing to cut its workforce up to 20 percent, but is now instead ramping up to connect the dots:
- 36+ : Yemen and Al Qaeda offshoots
- 200+: terrorism and watchlist duties
- 300: "all-source analysts"
- Hundreds more expected to be added