The goverment needs more intelligence analysts of the geospatial and other types. And, these folks are typically made, not born.
Responding to the government’s demand for such skilled individuals, a number of companies are providing classroom, web-based, in-field and other forms of training, laying the groundwork for or supplementing intelligence analyst training offered by the agencies themselves. These providers are working with government organizations as well as individuals who have security clearances or could be cleared, and are seeking an intelligence career.
And, if you'd not heard:
DoD is in the process of implementing various intelligence career field certifications.
So, that means there is money in this sort of education and training. And, who does it? For the most part, per an article in Geospatial Intellignece Forum, companies (SAIC, Advanced Technical Intelligence Center) not universities. The article does mention one partnership between a company and university:
Riverside Research has partnered with Wilberforce University, the nation’s oldest private, historically black higher education institution, to teach a classified-level intelligence gathering course through its Engineering Department.
I expect this to be a growing area for geospatial intelligence training and education.
- Geospatial Intelligence Forum (used to be the USGIF publication; replaced by Trajectory)
Image courtesy USAF.