Yes, they have a new website…
- U.S. intelligence agencies are urging staffers to use a new social-networking site
- Called A-Space, it’s for analysts within the nation’s 16 intelligence agencies
- Analysts can use A-Space to share information about al Qaeda, other issues
- Only intelligence personnel with the proper security clearance can access the site
The program is called A-Space, and it’s a social-networking site for analysts within the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies.
Instead of posting thoughts about the new Avenged Sevenfold album or Jessica Alba movie,CIA analysts could use A-Space to share information and opinion about al Qaeda movements in the Middle East or Russian naval maneuvers in the Black Sea.
The new A-Space site has been undergoing testing for months and launches officially for the nation’s entire intelligence community September 22.
The goal of A-Space, like intelligence analysis in general, is to protect the United States by assessing all the information available to the spy agencies. Missing crucial data can have enormous implications, such as an FBI agent who sent an e-mail before September 11, 2001, warning of people learning to fly airplanes but not learning to land them.
“There was the question, ‘Was that a dot that failed to connect?’ Well, that person did this via e-mail,” Wertheimer said. “A-Space is the kind of place where you can log that observation and know that your fellow analysts can see that.”