The scenario: The government of North Korea has collapsed following the death of Kim Jong Il. Three factions are struggling to fill the power vacuum. The threat of civil war looms.
The assignment: Sort through the raw intelligence and prepare a half-page brief outlining the situation and suggesting a course of action. You have three hours.
Those are the basics of the first PIPS-CIA Crisis Simulation Competition held at William & Mary in February. Thirteen intelligence analysts from the Central Intelligence Agency came to campus to conduct the event, which pitted eight five-student teams in an intellectual and analytical experience that one participant said made him feel as if his head would explode.
The CIA slips onto campus to conduct 'a Model U.N. for the intelligence community.'