The program is primarily located at the University of Dayton’s Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio. However, Depending on topic and need, locations may change including the Advance Technical Intelligence Center.
The following abstract represents the program’s weekly schedule designed to best prepare minority students for careers in analysis:
|PROJECTS||WEEKLY TIME SPENT (in hours)|
|Read the News||2|
|Student Interest or As Need Projects||0-6|
|Total Time Spent||Up to 20|
Expert Instruction (4 hours)
Students will receive in-depth instruction on various topics from well-regarded analysts working in their respective fields. This will help not only provide the students with a sound analysis foundation from which they can expand from, but also introduces them to disciplines and tools that they might not yet considered. The following is a sampling of some of the topics that will be covered:
- Analyst Techniques
- Nanotechnology and Nanomaterial’s
- Cyber and Networks
- Software Instruction (Satellite Tool Kit, ArcGIS, Palantir, Analyst Notebook, etc.)
- RADAR, SAR, OPIR, FMV, Geospatial
- Analyst Writing and Research Techniques
- Common Warfighter Analysis Topics
- Political, Economic, and Cultural Analysis
- World Affairs and Countries of Interest
- Modern and Novel Technologies
Read the News (2 hours)
Reading both domestic and international news stories on a regular basis is vitally important for any type of analyst. It provides context for virtually any type of analysis. Many open source analyst positions are almost exclusively related to domestic and/or international news and current events. As such, MAP strives to make reading/listening to the news a daily routine. All students are required to read (or listen) to the top news story every day. Reliable news outlets include:
|New York Times||CNN|
|Washington Post||CBS News|
|Los Angeles Times||ABC News|
Region/Specialized Topics (4 hours)
Students will produce a two page brief, once a week, on various topics relating to a specific topic or country/region. Topics and countries/regions will vary depending on student interests, current events, or customer(s) needs. Style and sourcing of such products will use a specific template (TBD) commonly used by analysts.
The Region/Specialized Topics Project is designed to improve the students’ research, critical thinking, and writing skills. By writing regularly on topics of interest, students will develop and fine tune these traditional analysis abilities. In addition, students will learn about emerging technologies and the political, economic, and cultural aspects of countries and regions commonly studied by analysts. Students will also concentrate on specific topics of interest such as cyber, energy, space systems, and international implications of nanotechnologies.
Unless otherwise stated, a new topic or country/region will be assigned to each student the first week of every month. Students may not recycle a topic already used on their country/region.
Some examples of countries/regions with corresponding topics:
|Country / Region||Topic|
|South East Asia||Border Conflict in South China Sea|
|North Korea||State Sponsored Drug Trafficking|
|Pakistan||Military's Role in Government|
Working as part of a larger team is critical for virtually any analytical occupation. As such, MAP students will participate in a number of group projects. The size and composition of groups will vary. Topics will be picked by administration, by joint student interest, and/or as needed by customers. Depending on project requirements, finished product mediums could include reports, presentations, software products, statistical analyst, etc. The idea is to make students think critically; the topic is often less important than the process.
Some example Group Project assignments include:
- Write a report on the health of the nanotechnology international market. What technologies and applications show the most promise over the next five years?
- Give a presentation on the pros and cons of social media in international security
- Build a database archiving international conferences on bio-sensor technologies
- Connect President Obama to Steven Hawking utilizing Palentir. Make it as detailed as possible.
- Write a three page brief on why celery is better than ice-cream. Health factors cannot be included (and yes, this is real!)
Student Interest or As Need Projects
Additional assignments can be undertaken depending on administrative requests, customer needs, and/or student personal interest. Undertaking these projects is optional, but highly encouraged. These projects require individual approval by Administration.
The hope is that, as the program progresses, students will find topics or projects that they find particularly interesting. This specializing will allow them to pursue their own analytic interest, but it will make them more marketable by becoming subject matter specialist.