GEOG 882
Geographic Foundations of Geospatial Intelligence

PART 2 - INTELLIGENCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY

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Unit 2 Introduction
Intelligence and National Security

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DAVE: Boy, I'm glad we got a chance to get away from the conference and come see this place.
MARK: You aren't kidding. I've always wanted to check this place out. This is hugely historically significant.
ALAMO RANGER: Hello, gentlemen. How are you doing? MARK: Fine, how are you? ALAMO RANGER: Welcome to the Alamo. What brings you out to San Antonio?
DAVE: Well, we're here attending the Geospatial Intelligence Conference and wanted to get some more information about the Alamo.
MARK: Yeah, we're interested because this is a really historical a strategic place and the Texans decided on this place specifically to make their stand. Can you tell us why?
ALAMO RANGER: Because there were two main forts that occupied the south end of Texas, one of them was Goliad. The second one was the Alamo. In order for the Mexican army to make their way into Texas and further up north, they had to first conquer these two forts before they can do any major damage. And to set an example to the rest of the people who were rebelling against the Mexican government.
MARK: Awesome. Awesome DAVE: Very interesting MARK: Thank you very much
ALAMO RANGER: You're welcome.
DAVE: Thanks for your time.
ALAMO RANGER: No problem.
MARK: So this visit to the Alamo gives us a great opportunity to introduce you to the next part of the course, which is geospatial intelligence applications for national security. And I'm really pleased that I've got my friend, Dave Walton here who's got some background in this area.
DAVE: Thanks, Mark. I'm a Penn State employee. I'm currently serving as the geographic information systems manager for the training site at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. I have a background in geographic information systems. I was also an officer in the first Gulf War and have since gained a background in special operations. And I try to use that special operations background in some of the analyses that I do while I work at Fort Indiantown Gap. MARK: So for this next part of the course on geospatial intelligence for national security, we're going to use Lowenthal's book to take a look at how geospatial intelligence fits into the larger intelligence community. We're going to take a look at the ethics of what's involved in this. We're going to take a look at the various disciplines to include collection, production and analysis, and dissemination. We're going to look at some policy things. We're then going to transition into a case study where we look at geospatial intelligence in Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, as well as the global war on terrorism, a.k.a. "The Long War." Really looking forward to it and I think we're going to have a good time. So Dave, I'm thinking we should go check this place out.
DAVE: Let's go
MARK: All right.
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