ORSP Lunch and Learn: Research Collaboration Opportunities in Defense Intelligence

Speakers:      Carl Jensen, Director of CISS
                       Melissa Graves, Associate Director of CISS

Date/Time:    Tuesday, July 30, 
                        12:00 noon to 2:00 PM

Place:             Butler Auditorium, Triplett Alumni Center
                        (Between Yerby and the old Law School)

The Center for Intelligence and Security Studies (CISS) seeks to collaborate with UM faculty in the application of varied expertise to problems of national security.  On July 30, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) and CISS will cohost a “lunch and learn” to discuss current research opportunities, including grant opportunities and colloquia. Potential funding sources include the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the Department of State, and the US military.

Founded in 2008, the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, led by Dr. Carl Jensen, offers an undergraduate minor in intelligence studies.  In addition to teaching an array of UM students from disparate backgrounds and majors, CISS also conducts research. 

Intelligence presents research opportunities for virtually any academic discipline.  In June 2013, Defense Intelligence Agency Director General Michael Flynn identified three areas of research currently of interest to the government: 1) Cyber security; 2) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (including big data); 3) Special Operations Community (including analytical and collection support, technical innovation, and financing expertise).  General Flynn’s initiatives reflect a larger move within the intelligence community away from wartime support to intelligence an age of big data and streamlined operations.  Such a shift provides a host of interesting research opportunities.

To attend, please register online here.

If you believe your area of research might be applicable to defense intelligence, you are further invited to bring and present a brief (< 1 page or 60 seconds) description to share with the group. Or, you may elect to just listen and/or participate in the informal discussion following the presentation.

Lunch will be provided.

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