Dr. Babiarz’s lecture is based on his forthcoming book, Geospatial Data, Information, and Intelligence, which reveals how focusing on location can transform research agendas. He begins with an example that shows how linking certain observations to specific locations led to new discoveries at an area of national security significance. Then, Dr. Babiarz provides a framework for structuring research using geospatial data, including the right mindset, toolset, and skillset for successful research. Finally, Dr. Babiarz concludes with an overview of basic observation, analysis, and communication techniques, including specific examples and exercises for conducting research.
Renny Babiarz, PhD, is Vice President of Analysis and Operations for AllSource Analysis, and is an adjunct faculty member for the Johns Hopkins MS in Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Program. Dr. Babiarz has a PhD in political science specializing in China's nuclear weapons program (Johns Hopkins University), an MA in Asian Studies specializing in China (University of Hawaii at Manoa), and certificates in Chinese language and GEOINT analysis. Additionally, Dr. Babiarz has worked in public service as an analyst for the United States government.