Top secret war room to look like the bridge of Star Trek’s Enterprise
Posted: 19 September 2013 08:47 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Well, you know, if I had access to large budgets I’d do it too.
Have you seen the Wikileaks headquarters(or at least, what it was a few years ago). Straight out of a Bond Villians lair catalog.

NSA director modeled top secret war room to look like the bridge of Star Trek’s Enterprise

The director of one of America’s largest spy agencies is catching flack for once working from a war room built with American tax dollars to mimic a fantastical space ship.

Keith Alexander heads up the National Security Agency and in addition to a lot on controversial revelations about his organization, a recent profile of the top spy says that when he ran the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command, it was from the captain’s chair of the starship USS Enterprise.

Specifically, from the Enterprise of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. And the eccentric director known as ‘a cowboy’ reportedly used the odd room to woo lawmakers and other important officials who coveted the chance to play captain.


Designed by a Hollywood set designer to mimic the famous ship’s bridge, Alexander’s base of operations in the Fairfax County, Virginia Army base was ‘complete with chrome panels, computer stations, a huge TV monitor on the forward wall,’ according to the profile.

The television displayed sensitive national security photos and information, but was so placed to look like the all-important Enterprise bridge screen on which the comings and goings of outer space would be displayed.

There were even sound effects.

Just like in the Star Trek series, the doors to the so-called Information Dominance Center war room made a ‘whoosh’ noise as they opened.

‘Though it’s no surprise from a man described as ‘a techno-spy since the beginning of his military career,’ an audio component could seem excessive to some since tax dollars paid for the facility.

Instead of Vulcans and Klingons, high ranking government officials stepped on and off Alexander’s bridge.

‘Lawmakers and other important officials took turns sitting in a leather ‘captain’s chair’ in the center of the room and watched as Alexander, a lover of science-fiction movies, showed off his data tools on the big screen.’

The source, who was once in charge of VIP visits to the war room, revealed that Alexander used the remarkable space to help him woo officials.

‘Everybody wanted to sit in the chair at least once to pretend he was Jean-Luc Picard,’ said the source.


Posted: 20 September 2013 11:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I don’t really see the problem.  It’s not as though it would have cost much less to make it some other way, and it was going to be built one way or another.  And as the article says, the looks of the place had an actual use in that it was intended to impress VIPs.


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Posted: 21 September 2013 12:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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BONUS - banner ads are now Star Trek themed! cheese
(edit: and Enterprise rent-a-car LOL!)


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