Professor Len Tyler

Fall 2000-2001

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2000
Time: 4:15-5:30 PM; Refreshments at 4:00 PM
Location: 380-380Y

Technology and the Intelligence Community

Consulting Prof. John Woods
Electrical Engineering, Stanford University


While the movies would suggest a different picture, the intelligence community - as measured by budget, head count, or information gathered - is fundamentally a technologically based organization. Engineering decisions determine what data can be collected, how that data can be correlated, how rapidly the information is available and how it is presented to decision-makers. Since decision-makers have broad interests intelligence and by extension the engineering projects that support it touch virtually every scientific discipline.

This talk will briefly identify what organizations the intelligence community consists of, what their present view of the world is, and therefore what their priorities are. It will then survey these kinds of technologies and engineering issues which members of its scientific community have worked on in the past and are likely to be working on today.

Dr. John Woods is a consulting professor in the STAR Lab in Electrical Engineering and is on sabbatical from TRW, where he has served in various capacities in support of intelligence organizations including, most recently, Vice President and General Manager of the Electromagnetic Systems Laboratory .