New Mexico State University and Intelligence Studies
Another school involved with the military is New Mexico State University. It is the smaller of the state universities in New Mexico, and located in Las Cruces. Of the $87.6 million they received in grants and contracts last year, $21.8 million came from the Defense Department. They also have a long relationship with nearby White Sands Missile Range. In 2004 they initiated a graduate program in intelligence studies.
NMSU first offered a minor program in intelligence studies the year before, and then they created a masters degree program in history with a concentration in intelligence studies. They would be only the second institution in the US to offer the program, the first being Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania.
The campus staffs two on-campus intelligence labs funded by the Defense Department, the Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) lab and the Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) lab. The OSINT lab monitor public websites from the Middle East and South America, tracking news articles, chat rooms, and other websites. SIGINT monitors broadcast signals from radar to cell phone traffic. The students summarize their findings for daily and weekly reports sent to Army commanders around the world. The students wear khaki trousers and black shirts with a patch that says: Intelligence Studies Program/New Mexico State University.
Uyttebrouck, Olivier. “Studies In Security.” Albuquerque Journal. March 29, 2004. P. A1, A3.
“Intelligence Studies Niche Filled by NMSU.” Albuquerque Journal. April 4, 2004. P. B2.