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Through the Window: People, Data, Technology, and National Security

April 17, 2019 4:10 PM - 5:30 PM Room 202, South Hall, Berkeley, CA, 94720

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The U.S. intelligence community faces an increasingly complex and evolving national security landscape. State and non-state actors wielding asymmetric weapons pose unfamiliar threats. Commercial competitors collect and analyze vast quantities of data about the world and how people interact with it. Artificial intelligence shows promise for improving tradecraft while also stirring ethical questions.

In this talk Dr. Andrew L. Brooks, the Chief Data Scientist at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, details how his organization is navigating this landscape through efforts focused on people, data, and technology.

Dr. Andrew L. Brooks is the Chief Data Scientist at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He prepares the agency to create maximum value out of existing, new, and future forms of data. He is responsible for delivering high impact geospatial data science-related intelligence capabilities to decision makers, including policy makers, warfighters, intelligence professionals, and first responders around the world. These capabilities are a result of strategies he designs that draw on his expertise in user experience research, product management, and data science, and relate to the Agency’s use of people, data, and technology. His work prepares the agency and intelligence community to best confront and address future mission challenges.

Dr. Brooks has over a decade of experience in industrial research, product management, and marketing roles at startups and public companies. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Information Management and Systems from the University of California, Berkeley. While earning his doctorate he provided strategic guidance to global corporations and organizations. He was a founding team member and instructor at UC Berkeley’s Master of Information and Data Science program. He earned his Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.

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