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NSA war room modeled as a spaceship.

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In an interview with Foreign Policy, the Director of the NSA Gral. Keith B. Alexander, reveals that one of the ways the general endeared himself to lawmakers and officials was to make them feel like Jean Luc Picard “captain of the starship Enterprise from the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

Gral. Alexander was running the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command,  and in order to win support, Gral. Alexander brought many of his future allies down to Fort Belvoir for a tour of his base of operations, a war room known as the Information Dominance Center.

The war room had been designed by a Hollywood set designer to mimic the bridge of the starship Enterprise from Star Trek, complete with chrome panels, computer stations, a huge TV monitor on the forward wall, and doors that made a ‘whoosh’ sound when they slid open and closed.

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

‘Everybody wanted to sit in the chair at least once to pretend he was Jean-Luc Picard,’ says to Foreign Policy a retired officer in charge of VIP visits.