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What to do with the old War Room?

By xah in News
Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 03:56:39 PM EST
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An article on CNN reports that the US government's $50 million "Y2k crisis center" has become an unneeded relic after operating for a couple months. There is talk of transforming it into the government's computer security headquarters. There might be a large number of unused command centers in the private sector, too. According to an old article, 85% of Fortune 500 companies had planned to build a "Y2k Command Center" for handling the crisis that never did arise. You know, I always wanted to have my own personal "war room" like you see in all the movies. I don't know what I'd do with it, but apparently that's not the point.


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The full title of the US command center was the Year 2000 Information Coordinating Center. Canada had a Y2k command center, too. So anyway, if you're rich and want your own "war room," there is at least one company that specializes in building them.

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That's quite interesting to know - ... (none / 0) (#4)
by mike on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 11:32:42 AM EST

mike voted 1 on this story.

That's quite interesting to know - especially the company link.
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mike

I want one too! ... (none / 0) (#1)
by rongen on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 12:33:19 PM EST

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I want one too!
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Well, in Albuquerque, NM, instead o... (4.50 / 2) (#3)
by fluffy grue on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 02:15:06 PM EST

fluffy grue voted 1 on this story.

Well, in Albuquerque, NM, instead of making a grossly-expensive war room for the purpose of Y2K, the police department used Y2K as an opportunity to create a general-purpose crisis center where they could quickly help out lots of people should there be, say, riots, and also took the opportunity to beef up their emergency dispatching and the like. It's very short-sighted to create a "war room" for the purpose of one single date-related phenomena; I'd have preferred if they did what the Albuquerque police did instead, and created a general-purpose war room which just happened to be available for a predetermined potential crisis.

Basically, all I think the government needs to do is change the stupid name, and then all the sudden the $50M is justified.
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a good investment? (none / 0) (#5)
by xah on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 04:48:46 PM EST

I agree that it would make more sense as a general purpose crisis center, but how many crises afflict Albequerque? You mentioned riots, but the last riot in the entire country was the Los Angeles riot in '92. Are the police anticipating a big revolution or something?

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Re: a good investment? (none / 0) (#6)
by fluffy grue on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 04:52:26 PM EST

Granted, Albuquerque hasn't had any riots in recorded history. An optimist would then say they're safe. A pessimist, however, would then say they're due. ;)

Seriously, though, the war room isn't just for major contingencies. It's mostly for a very good beefing-up of the police's ability to respond in general.
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Re: a good investment? (none / 0) (#10)
by Anonymous Hero on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 07:39:53 PM EST

Didn't Seattle count?

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Neat. My brother has a little sign... (none / 0) (#2)
by ramses0 on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 03:51:12 PM EST

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Neat. My brother has a little sign that says "War Room", like you'd see in some military installation. Fun stuff, and interesting.
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I can't believe no one posted this yet... (3.00 / 1) (#7)
by rusty on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 06:48:30 PM EST

"Gentlemen, stop it! There's no fighting in here! This is The War Room!"

--Dr. Strangelove.

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Re: I can't believe no one posted this yet... (none / 0) (#9)
by Anonymous Hero on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 07:38:46 PM EST

Bastard! You beat me to it! I suppose they could always make love in the War Room. It would certainly match the tenor of the prior Presidency. The No Smoking signs would probably have to come down, though.

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Re: What to do with the old War Room? (3.50 / 2) (#8)
by henrik on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 06:49:24 PM EST

Screw the War Rooms - i want an old fashoned nuclear bunker buried 300 feet below out in the middle of nowhere. (complete with a highspeed net uplink of course). There's just something about living in a place that was designed to withstand a nuclear blast that appeals to the geek in me. Totally selfsufficient, not having to worry about anyone or anything else. It'd just be neat. Sigh.. If only. *grin* -henrik

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Re: What to do with the old War Room? (none / 0) (#11)
by xah on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 08:46:09 PM EST

See thebunker.net.

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Re: What to do with the old War Room? (none / 0) (#12)
by Anonymous Hero on Sun Mar 05, 2000 at 01:00:59 AM EST

Perhaps they can use it as a set for bad TV movies of the week about them evil hackers on crack, or crackers on hack, or bad XFiles episodes about first person shooters showing what Dana Scully would have looked like as a character in Roger Corman's remake of "The Matrix"....

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