West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and members of her staff visited Fairmont State University on Tuesday, Dec. 6, to tour the Open Source Intelligence Exchange (OSIX), which is the laboratory and applied research component of the University’s National Security and Intelligence program. FSU is the first University in the state to offer a program of this kind.
“The goal of OSIX is to give students hands-on experience producing intelligence assessments for real customers in the national security and law enforcement communities. OSIX intelligence products have been provided to the CIA, FBI, Department of Defense and Department of State, as well as to state and local law enforcement agencies in West Virginia,” said OSIX program director and faculty mentor David Abruzzino.
In the photo, seated are Dr. Deanna Shields, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and Secretary Tennant. Standing are Abruzzino, left, and FSU students participating in the OSIX program.