National Security Crossroads Kansas/Missouri

Graphic that says National Security Crossroads NGA and Scott Air Force Base missions, what the future holds and what talent opportunities exist

The National Security Crossroads recently produced a Webex that featured the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Scott Airforce Base, two vital national security assets located in the Crossroads region. These two assets are significant elements of the Crossroads regional economy, and essential links to the work skills and employment opportunities likely to grow substantially in the future.

“The National Security Crossroads is key to the future of the entire region, and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, along with Missouri Partnership and Greater STL Inc. are proud to be among the many supporters of the National Security Crossroads,” John Hixson, Vice President of Defense Initiatives of the STL Partnership, said.

Updates came from Colonel Jeremiah “Scot” Heathman, Scott Air Force Base and David Berczek, Office of Corporate Communications, NGA West.

Operations at Scott Airforce base are moving forward without much interruption from the COVID-19 virus. Col. Heathman said his goal for this year is to create more innovation.

“I am passionate about innovation,” Col. Heathman said. “Scott Air Force Base has an innovation hub called Elevate, and its purpose is to drive a culture of innovation.”

In the same vein, Berczek said science and technology are continually in development at NGA West and will continue to provide more opportunities for both learning and employment in the region.

“We’re taking all of the science we have at hand to better understand the earth and how we interact with it,” Berczek said.

In June, the National Security Crossroads webinar will highlight activities at Fort Riley and the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas.

Watch the event here.