Written by Dr. Richard G. Boehm
Overview: Every branch of the U.S. Military has a need for geographers. They all need technical assistance in location and operations. Geospatial technology is important but other geography skills are critical as well. Think of surveying, map reading, logistics, environmental analysis, weather and climate change, seal level adjustments and the whole realm of cultural matters, religion, politics, economies, including natural resources. The whole Middle Eastern situation requires geographic knowledge and skills, both physical and cultural. all of the current military schools, such as West Point (Army) and the Air Force Academy require advanced work in geography.
Geographers at work: Geographers work in target acquisition, damage control, logistics, troop movement, artillery surveying, community services and development, assistance to refugees, training programs, mapping both traditional and electronic. The military works very closely with the diplomatic corps, the State Department.
Skills: Mapping. Geospatial technology. Cultural analysis and environmental survey. Threat analysis. Movement of troops and military equipment. Transport planning.