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But maybe he should have:

The Army, Navy and Air Force unwittingly advertised for recruits on a website for gays, who are barred from military service if they are open about their sexual orientation.

When informed Tuesday by USA TODAY that they were advertising on GLEE.com, a networking website for gay professionals, recruiters expressed surprise and said they would remove the job listings.

“This is the first I’ve heard about it,” said Maj. Michael Baptista, advertising branch chief for the Army National Guard, which will spend $6.5 million on Internet recruiting this year. “We didn’t knowingly advertise on that particular website,” which he said does not “meet the moral standards” of the military.

Does not meet the moral standards?!? Has Maj. Baptista seen the kind of stuff that gets posted to MySpace? The military advertises there too…

DADT is a stupid policy. But not knowing where your online advertising is going? That’s moronic.

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And you thought teenagers and the intelligence community didn’t have much in common.

From the Financial Times:

Spies and teenagers normally have little in common but that is about to change as America’s intelligence agencies prepare to launch “A-Space”, an internal communications tool modelled on the popular social networking sites, Facebook and MySpace.

The Director of National Intelligence will open the site to the entire intelligence community in December. The move is the latest part of an ongoing effort to transform the analytical business following the failure to detect the 9/11 terrorist attacks or find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Thomas Fingar, the deputy director of national intelligence for analysis, believes the common workspace – a kind of “MySpace for analysts” – will generate better analysis by breaking down firewalls across the traditionally stove-piped intelligence community. He says the technology can also help process increasing amounts of information where the number of analysts is limited.

It is not surprising that the ODNI is launching this initiative. The for all of its perceptions as curmudgeonly and behind the times, the spy community has been one of the most progressive in terms of adopting Web 2.0 technologies to enhance mission success. They have developed an intelligence themed version of Wikipedia, as well as a social bookmarking and tagging system modeled after del.icio.us.

Seems pretty cool. I’m not sure how effective this will be in breaking down the walls between different spy agencies — as the article notes, they all are pretty stove-piped into doing their own thing.

DOD, take note. If the SPIES are willing to play in this sandbox, you should too.

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