The University of Missouri has landed a $12 million contract to train members of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
The five-year contract calls on the MU College of Engineering to provide a comprehensive data science education program that will provide “cutting-edge analytical training” for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and potentially other U.S. intelligence members.
The program joins the MU College of Engineering’s Center for Geospatial Intelligence and the MU Informatics Institute’s data science and analytics master’s degree program.
To address the specific education and training needs identified by the NGA, the university will provide a data science education program that includes databases and programming, statistical analyses and predictive modeling, data visualization and data mining, cloud-based computing, and machine learning. These and other specialties are among those the government has said will help develop their workforce, according to an announcement Wednesday.
“Our faculty are thrilled to be able to support NGA’s effort to equip its workforce with the data science skills necessary for NGA to make sense out of the overwhelming volume of government, commercial and open-source geospatial information they have to deal with on a day-to-day basis,” said electrical engineering professor Curt Davis, who directs the university’s Center for Geospatial Intelligence.
Military service members and government officials making national security decisions rely on the NGA for up-to-date geospatial information critical in their decision-making.