• Lecture focuses on geospatial intelligence

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    Ralph M. Erwin, senior geospatial intelligence officer, will lead the discussion in the next InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Arnold Conference Room of the Lewis and Clark Center.
    Erwin will outline the roles and missions of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and how it serves as both a combat support agency under the Department of Defense and an intelligence agency as part of the United States intelligence community.
    “Mr. Erwin is the NGA liaison here at Fort Leavenworth,” said Rod Cox, Simons Center program director. “He has previously presented a brown-bag lecture and truly enlightened the audience about how the NGA fits into the larger intelligence picture — and not just in its role of creating maps. I expect his presentation this year to be similarly compelling.”
    Erwin was assigned by the Army National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Support Team to be the NGA liaison to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth. His responsibilities include the integration of geospatial intelligence education into TRADOC educational institutions, CAC elements and the Command and General Staff College. He is a designated intelligence community officer and served as a senior mentor to the Afghan Geodesy and Cartography Head Office in 2011.
    Erwin’s other service to the nation and in the private sector include duty as the deputy director of the 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. Erwin is a graduate of Wentworth Military Academy and he holds a bachelor of science in mathematics from Cameron University and a master of strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.
    This is the second presentation in the series for this academic year of CGSC. The series, co-hosted by the CGSC Foundation’s Simons Center with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School, began in September 2016 and is an extracurricular, interagency topic-focused series that is designed to enhance and enrich the CGSS curriculum. Presentations are scheduled each month. The next lecture is Oct. 12 and will feature the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The CGSC Foundation and the Simons Center have received support for all brown-bag lectures in academic year 2018 from First Command Financial Services in Leavenworth.
    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.
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