This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. With the advances we have made in those 50 years and our continually evolving relationship with space, geospatial-intelligence (GEOINT) analysts have had to evolve at an alarming rate.
Yearly training can never cover the continuously changing threats and technologies affecting analysts. Traditional learning modalities that rely on biannual, annual, or less frequent updates to courses can’t keep up with the needs of the industry. Training must adapt to the needs of these users with agility and speed.
Today’s analysts consume training in ways not available to the space pioneers of the 1960s. Innovative training solutions must address the entire spectrum of need, from classroom and self-paced training through the tools, processes, and information available once analysts are in the field and performing. Breaking training into smaller chunks that can be widely distributed, providing advanced scenario-based training, and leveraging realistic simulation contribute to a more integrated training capability and a greater likelihood for an analyst’s success. That success is reflected as mission value – making an operational difference where it counts.
Matching mix to mission
People, processes, and tools can interact to create an ideal approach. Even in 2019, competent instructors and strong mentor relationships continue to be at the core of how analysts learn. The information that analysts gain from their early instructor-led training creates the foundation for the rest of their careers.