OXFORD, Miss. – Geospatial intelligence has been used to pinpoint terrorist training camps in Afghanistan, assess the devastation following the Samoan Island tsunami and safeguard such events as the recent presidential inauguration and Super Bowl.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, or NGA, uses satellite imagery and the latest intelligence solutions to accomplish its combat support, homeland security efforts and disaster relief mission, University of Mississippi students and faculty can get an inside look at that process Thursday (Oct. 15) during the fall 2009 presentation of the Charles Quarles Speaker Series. The free, public event features NGA clinical psychologist Meredith Krause at 7 p.m. in Farley Hall, Room 202.
“The presentation will focus on ways in which the agency responds to emerging threats to homeland security by leveraging innovative technical solutions and a diverse workplace,” Krause said. “I hope to describe the now, the next and the beyond next at the agency.”
Krause’s presentation is sponsored by the UM Department of Legal Studies and Center for Intelligence and Security Studies.
“Because the NGA does so many things, I think students will gain a more rounded insight into what the intelligence community is really all about,” said CISS Director Carl Jensen. “Students in legal studies, space law, science, engineering, business and even geology can all benefit from her remarks.”
A Department of Defense combat support agency and member of the national intelligence community, NGA develops imagery and map-based intelligence solutions for U.S. national defense, homeland security and navigation safety. The NGA also contributes to humanitarian efforts, such as tracking floods and disaster support.
A former psychologist with the FBI’s undercover safeguard unit, Krause advises NGA management on issues related to pre-employment personnel selection, psychological screening for high-risk assignments, workforce wellness and problematic employee behavior. Her primary focus is on the psychological impact of war-zone deployments. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia.
For more information or to request assistance related to a disability, contact Melissa Graves at 662-915-1474.
For more information about the Department of Legal Studies, visit http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/legalstudies. For more information about the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, visit http://www.olemiss.edu/ciss.