Advanced Analytic Methods in Geospatial Intelligence

Course Description

General James Clapper, former United States Director of National Intelligence and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), once said "everything happens somewhere." He stressed that there are aspects of time and place to every intelligence problem. In this course, you will examine how time and place work with general intelligence techniques to create geospatial intelligence. You will learn and apply critical thinking skills, structured analytical techniques, and other intelligence methods in a geospatial context. You'll also learn how to reduce personal and organizational bias by conducting an Analysis of Competing Hypotheses, by R. Heuer, a 45-year veteran of the CIA. As a result, you will be better prepared for the world of geospatial intelligence analysis.

This course is part of the following programs: Masters of Geographic Information Systems, Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence, and Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security.

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Todd Bacastow

I am a Professor of Practice for Geospatial Intelligence in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the founder and lead faculty of Penn State's Geospatial Intelligence program. Penn State's Geospatial Intelligence program is accredited by the United State Geospatial Intelligence Foundation and part of Penn State's award-winning portfolio of Online Geospatial Education programs that has served over 5,000 students since 1999.

My current research focuses on determining the optimal training and educational means to improve the sensemaking of the geospatial analyst working as part of an intelligence team. Sensemaking refers to the process by which humans are able to generate explanations for data that are otherwise sparse, noisy, and uncertain.

Dennis Bellafiore

Dennis serves as a consultant and coach to large and small businesses, education, industry, not-for-profit, government, and community service organizations. He worked for thirteen years at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), including as the global account manager of its largest corporate end-user customer, as manager of sales & marketing for total quality management, and as international strategic marketing director of office document systems for the company. Over the past twenty years, he has served as an organizational change consultant, as president and chief operating officer of a technology-leading digital-print book manufacturer, and as a strategic marketing consultant with a recognized geospatial information company in Lancaster, PA.

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