Indiana State partnering with Advanced Technical Intelligence Center

By: Austin Arceo, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
August 6, 2012

Indiana State University students can study intelligence analysis through an agreement with the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) in Ohio.

ISU and the center have finalized the partnership, which will provide for students to get ISU credit for participating in a 16-week program with ATIC, which is based near Dayton, Ohio. The program consists of ATIC's 10-week Analyst Boot Camp (ABC) course followed by a six-week, directed analytical research project. Intelligence industry professionals and subject matter experts instruct students participating in the ABC program, which is designed to teach students the basics to be entry-level intelligence analysts.

"Certainly one of our goals at Indiana State University is preparing our graduates to go out and compete for really good paying jobs, and we see this as one of those opportunities," said Harry Minniear, chair of the aviation technology department at ISU.

Minniear and Richard Baker, assistant professor of aviation technology and director of the Center for Homeland Security and Crisis Leadership, developed the partnership with ATIC officials in an effort to complement ISU coursework in unmanned systems with the analytical training component of the ABC program.

"It provides a lot of job opportunities for our students, and it provides another mechanism for us to do research because they also do research on-site," Baker said. "It's a great opportunity for us."

Through ATIC's agreements with government customers, students enrolled in long-term programs with classified content are sponsored for a U.S. security clearance. As a result, not only do ATIC's students receive expert, relevant training, but those students who are granted a clearance by the government are more marketable and better prepared to enter the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense-related work.

"They provide a service that we can't provide," Minniear said. "Program attendees are sponsored for a security clearance, so ATIC is able to offer coursework that the normal public would not be privileged to see."

While ATIC has partnered with several other universities, Indiana State is the first to offer a technical program with the unmanned systems initiative, said Tim Shaw, director of university relations and vice president of strategic development at ATIC.

"We would love to be able to expand the UAV training here, and we always want the people who are the experts to come in and do it," Shaw said, "and obviously ISU has that expertise with their program."

Still, the ATIC program is available to Indiana State students of any academic background. Many participants major in social sciences, Shaw said. The program helps provide additional analytical insights for students in majors such as criminology.

"It opens more doors of opportunity," Shaw said, "but that student still has to present themselves to their employer."

There are jobs in fields that are more than just with the government, such as in agriculture, that would also require a security clearance, said Indiana Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Hauser, who is also professor of aviation technology and director of unmanned systems at ISU. An employer applying for a security clearance for a potential employee could require that person to wait for a year or longer before finally starting, he said.

"If you have a student coming out with a college degree and a security clearance," Hauser added, "it just broadens a lot of the employment opportunities they can get in almost any field."

The Advanced Technical Intelligence Center for Human Capital Development (ATIC) is an independent, non profit organization dedicated to addressing critical human capital and technological development needs within the US Intelligence Community (IC) and related industries. To achieve this, ATIC collaborates with industry, government, and academia to leverage their combined knowledge and technical capabilities.

Photo: http://isuphoto.smugmug.com/photos/i-HRtHbHM/0/O/i-HRtHbHM.jpg (Courtesy of ATIC)ATIC students have access to industry-leading analytical software.

Photo: http://isuphoto.smugmug.com/Other/Media-Services/UAV-software-training/i-gXXbwGz/0/L/032112UAKsoftwaretraining-9035-L.jpg (ISU/Tony Campbell)Indiana Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Hauser (far left), who is also professor of aviation technology and director of unmanned systems at Indiana State University, and Richard Baker (far right), director of the Center for Homeland Security and Crisis Leadership, sit in on training for the unmanned systems simulator at Indiana State.

Contact: Richard Baker, assistant professor of aviation technology and director of the Center for Homeland Security and Crisis Leadership, College of Technology, Indiana State University, 812-237-2662 or richard.baker@indstate.edu; ATIC's point of contact for students is Tim Shaw, vice president strategic development and director of education, Advanced Technical Intelligence Center, 937-429-7806 or tshaw@atichcd.org; Media contact is Sara Collins, vice president, community relations, Advanced Technical Intelligence Center, 937-429-7819 or scollins@atichcd.org

Writer: Austin Arceo, assistant director of media relations, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or austin.arceo-negrich@indstate.edu