Gallery: Making Sense of Secrets

How does secret information get turned into useful intelligence? Try your hand at code-cracking think like an analyst, and experience how decision-makers use intelligence.  

FEATURED EXHIBITS

  • Codes
  • Analysis
  • Decision Room

PERMANENT EXHIBITION

Code Making, Code Breaking

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From ancient devices to quantum computers, people have devised ingenious ways to hide the real meaning of messages. Cryptologists, meanwhile, try to crack these puzzles. The success or failure of codemakers and breakers has reshaped battles and changed the course of history.

Analysis

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How do analysts make sense of collected intelligence and assess issues? Visitors are challenged to think like an analyst by exploring three stories highlighting different types of intelligence problems.

Decision Room

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Experience Red Teaming, a dramatic virrtual interactive in which visitors participate in an exercise that CIA analysts used in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.