NSA: Visualize Everything
The National Security Agency, while primarily occupied by sweeping up billions of phone calls, emails, texts and social media messages each day, wants better visual information about the earth and its residents, too, Admiral Michael Rogers said Wednesday.
“Signals intelligence … ain’t enough, you guys,” the NSA chief told a gathering of contractors in the geospatial intelligence business. “We gotta create a much broader picture.”
We need “the ability to visualize,” he explained, because “man is fundamentally a visual creature.”
Rogers, who also heads the Pentagon’s United States Cyber Command, spent much of his keynote speech at the GEOINT 2015 conference pitching the technology, intelligence and defense companies in the audience on the importance of working together. The conference’s slogan — appropriate, given the government’s ever-growing demands — is “open the aperture.” – The Intercept, June 24, 2015
Do you remember those “Visualize World Peace” bumper stickers? They gave the National Security Agency an idea, apparently. Now the agency that hears and reads everything wants to see everything, too.
This is interesting in several ways. For one, it shows the tendency of any bureaucracy to expand however possible. The U.S. Department of Defense already has two other entities whose mission is to “create a much broader picture” like Admiral Rogers wants. Why the National Reconnaissance Office and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency would need the NSA’s help is unclear.
Then there’s the “signals intelligence ain’t enough” line. Coming from the head of an agency whose self-professed goal is to “collect it all,” the statement borders on megalomaniacal. What would be enough to satisfy Admiral Rogers? We probably don’t want to know the answer.
Oxford University were working on Visualisation – into servers build by the University of South Wales.
Situational awareness poses a particular challenge in cyber space where the physical manifestations of an attack may only become apparent far too late. Northrop Grumman, in conjunction with the Universities of Oxford and South Wales has been retained by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) to conduct work on the N Guru Cyber Situational Awareness System.