WHAT IS GEOINT?
Geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) involves the exploitation and analysis of imagery, geospatial data and geospatial information to describe, assess, and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the earth.
The U.S. Air Force Academy now offers a USGIF accredited GEOINT Certificate Program under the Department of Economics and Geosciences that is designed to provide cadets a solid education that supports the significant role of GEOINT in AF operations.
WHAT IS THE USGIF?
The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is the only organization dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and building a stronger community of interest across industry, academia, government, professional organizations and individual stakeholders.
WHY PURSUE A CERTIFICATE IN GEOSPATIAL INTELLIGENCE?
Accurate intelligence is critical to the warfighter to achieve mission success. The field of Intelligence incorporates the collection, analysis, and exploitation of multiple forms of information.
Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) addresses the collection, analysis, and exploitation of geospatial data. Examples of geospatial data, which contain a location on the Earth, include imagery, maps, census data, GPS coordinates, and digital models of the Earth.
GEOINT is critical to military operations and there is currently a scarcity of GEOINT-educated individuals. The GEOINT Certificate Program at USAFA is constructed in coordination with federal and Industry experts via the United States Geospatial Intelligence Federation (USGIF) and prepares cadets as GEOINT-skilled critical thinkers and leaders.
The GEOINT certificate program includes the following Core courses:
- Comp Sci 110 - Introduction to Computing
- Law 220 - Law for Air Force Officers
- Philos 310 - Ethics
The following courses are also required:
- Geo 310 - Geospatial Information Analysis
- Geo 370 - Military Geography
- Geo 382 - Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis
- Geo 410 - Advanced Geospatial Analysis
- Geo 482 - Advanced Remote Sensing
- Geo 498 - Geospatial Science Capstone
- PolSci 462 - Politics and Intelligence
The GEOINT certificate requires completion of the above courses with a collective “B” average and no single course grade lower than “C”.
Application for admission into the GEOINT Certificate Program at USAFA is open to all cadets. The Department of Economics and Geosciences administers the program and oversees admissions decisions.
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