The Palantir software was nothing short of a breakthrough in the intelligence community and was a closely guarded secret. But some of Crisis Team 2 was old-school, and they didn’t need to wait for a software matrix to be built to start their analysis. On the Crisis Room whiteboards one of the analysts wrote, “China kidnaps the president’s children—Why?”
Below it they started doing a brainstorming exercise where they threw out ideas: (1) to start a war; (2) to frame someone else; (3) they didn’t expect to get caught; (4) they wanted to look like heroes; (5) they wanted to use the kids as negotiating chips; (6) the attack was the work of a rogue group; (7) if not China, who else had the assets to pull this off—meaning who had advanced subs?
What the AI software was going to identify that none of this whiteboard work had picked up on was the connection with the Spratly Islands issue—and the fact that the Spratly Islands issue was timely and important to China.
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