GEOINT Symposium Participation

TAMPA, FLORIDA (April 17, 2014) – MERC was a participant in the Annual Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Symposium in Tampa, FL from 14 to 17 April.  The GEOINT Symposium is an annual event that brings the nation’s senior intelligence and military leaders together with industry and academia to review current requirements, challenges, and technological advancements in support of the intelligence community.


Keynote speakers at this year’s event included the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), retired General James Clapper, who stated, “The past 18 months have been one of the toughest stretches for the Intelligence Community I’ve seen in the 50+ years I’ve been in the business.”

In addition to the challenges of “an assertive Russia, a competitive China, a challenging Iran, and a dangerous, unpredictable North Korea,” the Intelligence Community has overcome what Clapper calls “the four S’s—Sequestration, Snowden, Syria, and Shutdown.”

MERC continues to expand its capability to support Air Force intelligence programs as they transition to a common IT architecture and expand their focus on Cyber Security.

About Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the research and applied engineering arm of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. For over 175 years the University has served Georgia as a highly-respected educational institution. In 1984, the School of Engineering was established at the Macon, Georgia campus, with the charter class beginning studies in 1985.

Two years later, in 1987, the Mercer Engineering Research Center was established under the School of Engineering to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills. Today, MERC functions as a non-profit operating unit of the University, with the Executive Director, Dr. David Barwick, reporting directly to the University president, Mr. William D. Underwood.

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