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Morgan State wins $1.8M grant to start national security program

Morgan State University    has been selected to receive a five-year, $1.8 million federal grant to begin a degree program in national security.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence's Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence Program chose Morgan and the University of South Florida    to be awarded with grants to establish programs in National Security Studies.

The National Security Studies program will be aimed at honing skills needed in the intelligence community such as international relations, foreign language and cultural immersion, scientific and technical programs of study, including cyber security.

Joseph Whittaker, dean of Morgan’s School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, said in a statement the award provides a tremendous opportunity for the East Baltimore school.

“This will be critical as the State of Maryland positions itself to become the central axis of the nation’s cyber security and cyber infrastructure community,” he said.

Under its five-year grant deal, Morgan will establish a consortium of historically black schools in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina to do research in human terrain systems and bio-systems with specific applications to South Asian countries such as Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.

The National Security Studies Program was established during 2005 in response to the nation's increasing need for professionals in the intelligence community who are educated and trained with the unique knowledge, skills and capabilities to carry out America's national security objectives.
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