The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation recently launched a Universal GEOINT certification program.
The challenges of warfare, terrorism, disaster response, disease surveillance and combat, have led to the creation of a geospatially aware workforce equipped with GEOINT. Besides the NGA Government departments and humanitarian agencies all over the world are employing GEOINT professionals to combat threats to national security, safety and health.
Every incident of terrorism provides a learning curve for the use of GIS and other geospatial technologies in the fight against terrorism. Little empirical work on the spatial and temporal aspects of terrorism exists. So, theoretical models are applied in combination with historical records of terrorists or terror organizations. There is plenty of potential for research, especially in the mashup of technologies that use Big Data and social media activity like tweets to pinpoint location of terrorists; LiDAR and LADAR for 3D mapping and combat operations, geo statistical software for modeling and predictions.
The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is accepting applicants for its 2012 Scholarship program until April 20, 2012. Open to high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, the program awards cash to those students interested in geospatial study. From the announcement: “Supporting student education and research with USGIF scholarships helps expand […]