Mr. Ralph M. Erwin, Senior Geospatial Intelligence Officer, led a discussion on the roles and missions of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) on September 24 – the second to speak as part of the InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series for academic year 2019.
The NGA is both a combat support agency under the Department of Defense and an intelligence agency as part of the United States’ intelligence community. During his presentation, Erwin explained that NGA compiles 2 exabytes (2 quintillion bytes) of data every day that can be used to inform the decisions of policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals, and first responders. Erwin went on the describe NGA’s role in a variety of missions, from the 2011 raid on Osama bin Landen’s Abbottabad compound to humanitarian relief operations after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Mr. Erwin is the Senior Geospatial Intelligence Officer assigned by the Army National GeospatialIntelligence Agency (NGA) Support Team to be the NGA Liaison to the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and the Combined Arms Center (CAC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His responsibilities include the integration of geospatial intelligence education into U.S. Army TRADOC educational institutions, CAC elements, and the Command and General Staff College. He is a Director of National Intelligence designated Intelligence Community Officer and served as a Senior Mentor to the Afghan Geodesy and Cartography Head Office in 2011. Mr. Erwin’s other service to our country and in the private sector include duty as the deputy director of the U.S. Army TRADOC Program Integration Office for Terrain Data at the U.S. Army Engineer School, service as a U.S. Army Field Artillery officer, time at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as the main battle tank simulation operations manager, and as a topographic systems combat developer for Lockheed Martin Corporation.
The InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series is co-hosted by the CGSC Foundation’s Simons Center with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School (CGSS). The lecture series is an extracurricular, interagency topic-focused series that is intended to help enrich the CGSS curriculum. The CGSC Foundation and the Simons Center have received support for all brown-bag lectures in academic year 2019 from First Command Financial Services in Leavenworth, Kansas. The presentations are scheduled each month.- See the full schedule.
All lectures in the InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series are free and open to the public. As the series moniker states, the lecture series is conducted in the traditional “brown-bag lunch” format. – Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunches into the conference room. Members of the public coming to the lectures from off-post will need to add extra time to check-in at the Fort Leavenworth visitor center. – For gate information, see the Fort Leavenworth homepage.
See the video of the full lecture below.