Mariah Yager is a Senior Research Scientist at NSI, Inc. For the past several years, Mariah has primarily supported US Joint Staff Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) projects, providing program management coordination, research, and analysis. She organizes the yearly SMA Conference and has recently begun directing and hosting the weekly SMA Speaker Series events. Mariah helped to develop NSI’s scientifically valid, replicable, and operationally trainable discourse analysis methodology. This methodology has been used to examine insurgent writings, the expression of trust and worldview, and cognitive complexity, both in the vernacular and in English translations. She earned her MA in Professional Communication from Purdue University of Fort Wayne (formerly IPFW) and BAs in Anthropology and Interpersonal and Group Communication. Prior to joining NSI, she taught the core communication course at Purdue University of Fort Wayne and ran the archaeology lab and conducted field work for the IPFW Archaeological Survey.