Intelligence isn’t all about secrecy, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Scott Kristofer told a York College audience recently. Instead, it has often evolved into gathering information hidden in plain sight in the media.
“This generation is coming up with nontraditional ways of collecting intel,”
Kristofer said during the intelligence panel at Weinstock Lecture Hall on Oct. 27.
The panel was made up of nine members of the government and military intelligence community, discussing the issues of national and foreign intelligence, as well as the future of the intelligence community.
YCP junior and International Relations major, Alex Incarnato said the opinions and variety of background, “is exactly what students interested in this field need to hear.”
Lt. Col. Victoria Kinsley of the U.S. Marines offered the audience of the newly introduced Intelligence Analysis and likeminded majors, clarifying standpoints on intelligence.
The divide between private and public information is narrowing, she said, and “may become irrelevant to future generations.”
The discussion further evolved to the technological age, where people are used to having information at their fingertips.
As each question was posed, the panel members had the opportunity to share different perspectives based on their individual backgrounds which included, U.S. Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, the Office of National Intelligence, U.S. Geospatial Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Computer Forensics Lab.
Real-world experience is difficult to gain in a major like intelligence analysis. The panel discussion gave students the opportunity to expand their knowledge beyond the walls of the classroom.
In reference to the April 2015, earthquake in Nepal Kinsley said, “Intel isn’t just today’s fights-it’s planning for things you can anticipate.”
The earthquake had been predicted by the Marines years in advance. Kinsley explained how the Marines worked with several organizations; including the Red Cross and the United Nations, as well as the government of Nepal, in preparation for the predicted event.
The panel’s look at intelligence might not have been the typical image of 007, but the program majors and members of the millennial generation gave standing ovation.
Incarnato called the event a “phenomenal experience… I can only hope this is the first of many experiences this new and exciting major can bring to York College.”
As of the panelist, Kinsley said “I’m excited to see this much energy coming into the community, and the diversity of thought you are going to bring.”