Created on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Dr. Tim Shaw, representative for the Beavercreek-based Advanced Technical Intelligence Center and a retired FBI agent, speaks Monday at the Bellefontaine Rotary Club meeting. (EXAMINER STAFF PHOTO)
To some, the words “intelligence analyst” may conjure up images of a geeky, computer-savvy guy gathering data in a cubicle deep within the bowels of some federal agency.
There is, however, a growing need for well-trained analysts at all levels in the Information Age, Dr. Tim Shaw told Bellefontaine Rotarians at the group’s Monday meeting.
“The intelligence community is dwindling,” said Dr. Shaw, who currently serves as vice president of strategic development and director of education at the non-profit Advanced Technical Intelligence Center for Human Capital Development in Beavercreek.
Dr. Shaw, a retired special agent with 21 years’ experience with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, said the fact that fewer people are seeking careers in math- and science-based fields, coupled with the demands placed on today’s analysts because of the substantially increased volumes of digital information, are some of the reasons for the decline.
ATIC’s flagship program is a 10-week, 10-hour-per-day analyst boot camp designed to “keep them on screen longer and get more out of them,” Dr. Shaw said.
Analysts trained by ATIC have a high placement rate and have helped solve murders and other serious crimes, the former dean of the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences at Tiffin University noted.
Area law enforcement agencies have also benefited from ATIC’s expertise.
Trotwood Police Chief Quincy Pope asked ATIC to perform a predictive analysis to determine when firearms were being used in that city. ATIC found the bulk of crimes involving firearms occurred between 3 a.m. and 1 p.m., which led Chief Pope to adjust his patrols.
The school also offers internships and opportunities for wounded veterans to become analysts.
Club members are scheduled to attend a vocational meeting July 29 at the Logan County Engineer’s Office, 1991 County Road 13.
For more on ATIC, visit https://atichcd.org/.