Today's intelligence mission is expanding in terms of complexity, consumers, technical detail, and scope. Effective Geospatial Intelligence support requires not only constantly updating and refreshing knowledge on world realities and events; it also requires knowledge of emerging collection tools, analytic methods, and ways to portray geospatial information.
The advances of GIS and other geospatial technologies notwithstanding, geospatial analysis is fundamentally a mental process. Of the problems that hinder accurate geospatial analysis, those inherent in human mental processes are among the most important and most difficult to address. Heuer found that people have no conscious experience of most of what happens in the human mind. Many functions associated with perception, memory, and information processing are conducted prior to and independently of any conscious direction. What appears spontaneously in consciousness is the result of thinking, not the process of thinking. Weaknesses and biases inherent in human thinking processes can be alleviated by conscious application of tools and techniques that should be in the analytical tradecraft toolkit of all geospatial intelligence analysts. We hope, in some small way, this course will help you to:
- have a thorough grounding in the key principles and practices of geospatial intelligence analysis.
- understand the analytic principles, the technical concepts that underlie them, and their application in real-world problems.
All of us involved on GEOG 885 hope you enjoyed the course, and we wish you every success in your future endeavors!