GEOG 479
Cyber-Geography in Geospatial Intelligence

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Dr. (LtCol) Michael L. Thomas

Michael is currently assigned to Naval Space and Warfare Center (SPAWAR) Charleston as a C4ISR Systems Engineer in the Communications and Networks Division. He is stationed at Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany, working in the Information Superiority and Knowledge Management (ISKM) Division. Immediately prior to the current assignment, he was worked C4ISR related projects for the Intelligence and Knowledge Directorate (IKD) of USAFRICOM. In this capacity, he was responsible for the design, implementation, and fielding of major network projects initiated by the Navy, sister services, and other US government customers. An earlier assignment with SPAWAR was in the Heidelberg Office supporting HQ USAREUR in Geospatial Engineering. From March 2007 to September 2010, he was on detached special duty after being activated and served tours at the Pentagon, as a Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) LNO to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), and lastly was assigned to the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) as an instructor teaching Cyberwar courses. Immediately prior to his assignment with SPAWAR, he was the Chief J-3 Technical Projects, assigned to Georgia Tech University as a Special Projects Officer. Notable among the projects included management and requirements analysis of the Digital Mapping Server (DMS) GIS Portal in coordination with the Naval Research Lab, and the day to day management of the Digital Mapping Center (DMC) which provided GIS support for and between various Federal, DoD, State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies. The technology was cited in several papers and was patented by the US Navy. The DMS efforts led to recognition from both the DEA and the FBI. Michael can be reached at mlt222@psu.edu.