As senior technical officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency and chief of its requirements and research group, Lewis Shepherd has promoted and observed a remarkable transformation that’s occurring inside the U.S. intelligence community as analysts begin to embrace Web 2.0 practices. There’s a long way to go. But already thousands of analysts are contributing to Intellipedia, an internal system based on the same software that powers Wikipedia. And a vibrant internal blogging culture has evolved too.
In this conversation, Jon Udell and Lewis Shepherd discuss the origins, progress, and future of these initiatives. They also discuss broader IT efforts within the Department of Defense: service-oriented architecture, consolidation and virtualization, and the relationship between informal Web 2.0 and formal “Web 3.0” approaches to the semantic Web.