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As we meet today, the College’s advertisement for a senior MASINT faculty member

is on the Web. The Master’s curriculum includes an elective on Measurement and Signature

Intelligence, with the College Catalog advising “The course may be used to lay the

groundwork for MSSI theses that will make original contributions to the MASINT

field.” 570 The theses, both classified and unclassified, that are emerging are receiving

awards and being recognized by the Community. Some truly boggle the imagination.

The College offers the Master’s degree not only in the one-year fulltime study program,

but also in part-time, evening, weekend, and month Reserve formats. In addition to

the main campus at Bolling Air Force Base, the College has two satellite campuses: the

first in operation since 1990 at the National Security Agency; the second, opened this past

summer, at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Through the NGA campus, the

College is now also linked with the Air Force Institute of Technology allowing our NGA

graduate students to take AFIT’s MASINT certificate program and apply the credits

earned toward their MSSI degree.

The College’s alumni in positions of prominence today include Admiral Bill Studeman,

former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence and today a Commissioner on the

President’s WMD Commission. They include NSA Director Lieutenant General Mike

Hayden, INSCOM’s Commanding General Major General Jeff Kimmons, CENTCOM’s

J-2 Brigadier General John Custer, PACOM’s J-2 Rear Admiral Jack Dorsett, and the

incoming Director of Naval Intelligence Rear Admiral Bob Murrett.

The alumni include Marc Viola, Class of 1995, and today Director of MASINT

Review on the President’s WMD Commission. Marc was looking to the future with his

MSSI thesis on “Verification Implications of Commercial Satellite Imagery.” Five years

after graduation, when asked if he would recommend the Master’s program, he praised

the College for allowing its Master’s candidates “to think outside the box,” for giving

them the opportunity to cultivate an in-depth understanding of focused intelligence

issues. 571 He would serve as the College’s first MASINT instructor. He believes deeply, as

do those who have studied under him, that we are living in an age when foreign adversaries

are progressively improving their countermeasures, and the agility to effectively

employ their countermeasures against our traditional sources and methods. In his words,

‘Measurement and Signature Intelligence, as the newest and least understood of the U.S.

intelligence disciplines, holds the promise of countering the increasing use and effectiveness

of adversarial denial and deception.” 572

In the work of intelligence, imagination, or lack thereof, is not solely an attribute of

Government. The Intelligence Community finds itself today — witness this conference —

in a rapidly growing, evolving partnership with industry. The ground rules for this partnership

differ in many ways from those of the Cold War era, with industry now often in

570 Joint Military Intelligence College, Catalog, Academic Year 2004-2005 (Washington, DC, 2004), 46.

571 Preparing America’s Leaders, Joint Military Intelligence College 40th Anniversary Publication, Joint

Military Intelligence College Foundation, McLean, Virginia, 2002, 50-51.

572 Marc Viola, conversation with author, 18 January 2005.


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