Middlebury Institute In-Studio Speaker Event


By Eva Barrows

Two speakers from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) participated in a “Faculty on the Road” event held in conjunction with ProServices at the Midpen Media studio on December 5th. James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) Deputy Director Jessica Varnum and Research Assistant Jake Hulina presented their talk, “The Detonation Detectives: Using Technology to Investigate Nuclear & Missile Programs Worldwide,” to an audience of thirty.

CNS experts like Varnum and Hulina use unclassified intelligence techniques to investigate nuclear and missile testing activity across the globe. Non-government CNS analysts study publicly released images originating in nuclear states like North Korea to assess threat levels. They mine Google Earth imagery for suspicious activity, publicly document their findings and teach classes at MIIS to share their data gathering techniques. A portion of Varnum’s role as Deputy Director is to secure corporate partnerships. Such partnerships help CNS gain access to current and unclassified satellite imagery along with other sources of Open Source Intelligence. Visit Middlebury’s website for information on their nonproliferation courses and read about their sleuthing techniques in Middlebury Magazine.