Analysts at various NGOs, universities, and think tanks (as well as arm-chair hobbyists) are playing a leading role in obtaining new information of relevance to global security from a variety of open-source geospatial tools. These tools include Google Earth as well as other satellite imagery from technology companies that come via the internet Cloud. Pabian describes some of the discoveries made by researchers around the globe, discoveries that have only recently become possible as a result of advances in cutting-edge modeling technology and image data that commercial companies have made easily available to the public at nominal or no cost.

The Speakers

Frank PabianSenior GeoSpacial Information Analyst, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Frank Pabian is the Senior GeoSpatial Information Analyst at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Global Security Directorate. He has spent nearly 40 years in the fields of nuclear nonproliferation and satellite imagery analysis including 30 years with US National Laboratories. From 1996-98 he served as Nuclear Chief Inspector for the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during ground inspections in Iraq. His responsibilities at LANL include “Rest-of-world” infrastructure analysis involving the use of all-source information, particularly commercial satellite imagery in combination with openly available geospatial tools. This includes the use of this imagery for treaty verification and monitoring.
Pabian is a recipient of the US Intelligence Community Seal Medallion (gold medal) for sustained superior performance for Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty verification support to the IAEA during South Africa’s denuclearization and for related discoveries derived from his analysis of all-source – including open source – information. He is also a “Certified Mapping Scientist, Remote Sensing” with the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and a non-resident Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.


St. John’s College, Junior Commons Room. On September 30, 2013, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm

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