Saturday, 31 May 2008

[Games] U.S. Spies Use Custom Videogames to Learn How to Think

Interesting piece from Wired magazine on how the U.S. government is using serious gaming in training it's intelligence staff in critical decision making:

'In the wake of the intelligence bungles that propelled the United States into the Iraq war, it's no secret that the nation's spies have been working to improve the quality of their analysis. Now the top U.S. military intelligence agency has come up with a new tool for teaching recruits critical thinking skills: videogames.

The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency has just taken delivery of three PC-based games, developed by simulation studio Visual Purple under a $2.6 million contract between the DIA and defense contractor Concurrent Technologies. The goal is to quickly train the next generation of spies to analyze complex issues like Islamic fundamentalism. '

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