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NSA Chief Built Star Trek-Inspired War Room
Had 'Information Dominance Center' made by Hollywood set designer
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2013 2:20 PM CDT
The bridge of the 'Trek' inspired Information Dominance Center   (DBI Architects)

(Newser) – Buried in a lengthy Foreign Policy profile on NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander is this fascinating tidbit: When running the US Army's Intelligence and Security Command, he had its base of operations at Fort Belvoir—called the Information Dominance Center—built to look like the bridge of the USS Enterprise from Stark Trek. It was even designed by a Hollywood set designer, with sliding doors that make a "whoosh" sound when they open and close.

Alexander, a sci-fi fan, would reportedly impress visiting lawmakers and officials by letting them sit in the leather captain's chair while he showed off all his tech and tools on the big screen. "Everybody wanted to sit in the chair at least once to pretend he was Jean-Luc Picard," says a source who was previously in charge of VIP visits. Over at the Guardian, Glenn Greenwald has dug up what appear to be photos of the center on the website of an architecture firm.

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iq145
Nov 7, 2014 9:53 PM CST
ENGAGE
Daniel-from-TN
Sep 16, 2013 5:36 PM CDT
Even though designed after Star Trek, it IS an efficient design. The "captain's" chair is among all the other positions and not in an office by itself somewhere. This would cut down the delay time between when an order is issued and when it is actually carried out.
odowd80
Sep 16, 2013 8:54 AM CDT
This is an article I'd expect to come from North Korea's Kim Jong Il back in the day. How embarrassing. More saddening is that legislators were impressed by this rather than infuriated.