Posted: 5:20 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013
By Rick Couri
The brochure provided by the firm that built the room described it this way.
"The futuristic, yet distinctly military, setting is further reinforced by the Commander's console, which gives the illusion that one has boarded a star ship."
The design is pretty dead on including the “whoosh” sound made when the sliding doors open and close.
The room is better known as Information Dominance Center at Fort Belvoir and it serves as the nerve center for the NSA’s gathering operation.
It’s also loaded with a giant viewing screen, dozens of computers and the technical capability to connect with and see just about anything it chooses.
The man who said "make it so" on building the room is NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander, a sci-fi fan and bulldog when it comes to securing intel.
Alexander is credited with having coined the slogan “collect it all” to describe his philosophy when it came to gathering secrets.
The Guardian reports the room was put together by a Hollywood set designer and is complete with the captains chair James Tiberius Kirk and Jean Luc-Picard sat in to make their biggest decisions.
A person who was previously in charge of VIP tours said "everybody wanted to sit in the chair at least once to pretend he was Jean-Luc Picard."