Kenneth L. Stiles


Personal Website:

Professional Interests:

  • Intelligence

  • Global Conflicts

  • National Security

  • Counter Terrorism

  • GIS / Remote Sensing in the Intelligence Community

Classes Recently Taught:

  • The CIA: In Today's Geo-Political World

  • Geography of Global Conflict

  • The 1862 Valley Campaign, A GIS Targeting Primer

  • Intelligence and National Security


4th Virginia Cavalry, Lynchburg, VA: H.E. Howard, 1985. VA TECH Library: E581.6 4th .S74 1985

Encyclopedia of the Confederacy, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.    VA TECH Library: E487 .E55 1993


Ken recently retired from the CIA after 29 years working as an imagery analyst, a societal issues analyst, a GIS expert, and CT operations around the world.  His contribution to the CIA's counter terrorism operations is detailed in Henry Crumpton's book The Art of Intelligence.

He has also provided a number of  professional reviews of Intelligence focused text books because of his wide ranging expertise and experience.
In addition to teaching for the Geography Department,

Ken also works with VT's Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology and the Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence, and the Presidential Global Scholars program.

Upon his retirement, Ken was awarded the CIA's Career Commendation Medal.

Ken Stiles