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FBI Now Puts Brainpower on a Par With Firepower

In a classroom at the FBI’s national training academy, new recruits are trying to connect the dots as part of a mock terrorism exercise. First they have to find them in the raw, sometimes murky, intelligence before them. Time is short and the stakes are high. This is a different type of training; it focuses on stopping criminals like terrorists rather than chasing them after the fact. But these are different kinds of recruits. They will not become FBI field agents, who come to this campus 30 miles south of Washington to hone their shooting skills and engage in cops-and-robbers exercises at a mock village that looks transported from a Hollywood back lot. Rather, these are analysts who try to outthink their adversaries, and their training is strictly in the classroom. Full Story

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