It seems that just about everything of any merit in this country ties back, in some way, to Charlottesville. To that end, consider Walter Pincus’ story in today’s Washington Post, “Analysts Behind Iraq Intelligence Were Rewarded“:
Two Army analysts whose work has been cited as part of a key intelligence failure on Iraq — the claim that aluminum tubes sought by the Baghdad government were most likely meant for a nuclear weapons program rather than for rockets — have received job performance awards in each of the past three years, officials said.
The civilian analysts, former military men considered experts on foreign and U.S. weaponry, work at the Army’s National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), one of three U.S. agencies singled out for particular criticism by President Bush’s commission that investigated U.S. intelligence.
To many folks — myself included — the role that Charlottesville’s NGIC plays in the intelligence world is a mystery. I certainly wouldn’t have guessed that they did anything this high-level.
Only once in my memory has NGIC been in the news, and that was just a few days ago, when they headed up the “Silent Horizon” internet war games.