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CSU Professors Land Defense Intelligence Grant

CSU Professors Land Defense Intelligent GrantThree CSU Professors have been awarded a $1. 9million grant by the Defense Intelligence Agency to fund a cybersecurity education and research project. 

The proposal by professors John Agada, Moussa Ayyash and Gebeyehu Mulugeta was ranked 3rd out of 54 applications from US institutions of higher learning. The 5 year-long grant which is one of six national awards will be used to set up an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (IC-CAE) at CSU.

The IC-CAE objectives are to prepare intelligence and cybersecurity analysts for service in the public, civic and private sectors, conduct policy-oriented national security research, and deliver public education outreach services to the general public. Anticipated outcomes include faculty development and expanded curricula offerings in national security studies, increased numbers of minority staff in the Intelligence Community and enhanced security culture in the Chicago-area general public.

CSU’s IC-CAE will be a multidisciplinary program located in COE's Department of Information Studies and operated through interdepartmental team-work. External collaborators will include national security agencies and Centers of Academic Excellence at other institutions of higher learning in the region.

During fall 2013, CSU initiated an annual conference series on disaster crisis managementfor its campus and neighborhood communities. The IC-CAE program will augment this community-focused mission by positioning CSU as one of the nation’s powerhouses for meeting the national security challenges of the 21st Century.