In response to the devastating events of 11 September 2001, the Department of Defense is developing the Terrorism Information Awareness program. The TIA program aims to address the problem of "connecting the dots" - improving US authorities' ability to analyze, understand, share, and act on the information they have. TIA is designed to create a system and network of integrated computer tools that the intelligence community can use to help predict and dispel potential terrorist threats. The main infrastructure and collection of software tools will benefit from inclusion of component DARPA-sponsored research as it becomes available. The TIA program's major goals are to develop and test solutions that provide secure collaborative problem solving, structured discovery with sources and methods security, link and group understanding, context aware visualization, and decision making with corporate memory.