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Top Military Brass Tours CSTARS

On June 29, the University of Miami’s (UM) Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS) received a visit from General James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and General Douglas Fraser, commander of the U.S. Southern Command. These high-ranking military officers toured the campus with UM Provost Dr. Thomas LeBlanc and Dr. Hans C. Graber, executive director of CSTARS and Rosenstiel School professor and chairman of Applied Marine Physics, who gave a presentation on the resources available through the Center.

Employing low earth-orbiting satellite systems, CSTARS scientists conduct research using remotely sensed data. CSTARS has been active in collecting near real-time satellite images of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which are being used in decision support by several agencies handling this ecological disaster. Currently daily satellite imaging over the Gulf of Mexico spans from the Texas coast to Florida, and more than 380 images from more than 14 satellite sensors have been collected.

To help enhance the U.S. Government’s response to natural hazards and disasters, CSTARS is developing new capabilities that will simplify planning and improve access to satellite data collected by the Center. Much of this process will also be miniaturized and be accessible using mobile devices, such as the iPhone and iPad.

“We are honored to have had the opportunity to welcome Generals Cartwright and Fraser to our campus, and to share with them our capabilities as a reliable, responsive provider for the U.S. military, and other federal agencies,” said Graber. “We look forward to continuing to work with the U.S. Southern Command and continue to offer them the tools to quickly assess the damages caused by natural disasters, as well as develop new opportunities to work together.”

General Cartwright is the eighth vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he is the Nation's second highest ranking military officer, and chairs the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, Co-Chairs the Defense Acquisition Board, and serves as a member of the National Security Council Deputies Committee, the Nuclear Weapons Council and the Missile Defense Executive Board. In addition, he Co-Chairs the

Deputies Advisory Working Group, which provides advice to the Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England on resourcing and other high level departmental business issues.

General Douglas Fraser came to the U.S. Southern Command from U.S. Pacific Command earlier this year, where he served as the Deputy Commander (2008-2009). General Fraser has commanded several operational units across the U.S. Air Force, as well as the Space Warfare Center at Schriever Air Force Base. His many decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Legion of Merit.

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L to R: COL Roger Vincent, USAF; Paul Mallas, CSTARS; LT Charles Aldave, USAF; Raymond Tuner, CSTARS; Dr. Thomas LeBlanc, Provost, UM; GEN James E. Cartwright, VCJCS; GEN Douglas Fraser, Commander, USSouthCom; Dr. Hans Graber, CSTARS Executive Director

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