Geospatial Technologies Key Components of Homeland Security

April 12, 2012 by  
Filed under 2012, Columns, Industry Overview, Mar-Apr

I n his book “Winning Modern Wars,” retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark writes, “Defeating terrorism is more difficult and far-reaching than we have assumed. … We may be advancing the ball down the field at will, running over our opponent’s defenses, but winning the game is another matter altogether.” The “field” described by Clark [...]

Can Increasing Orbital Debris Hazards Ground LEO Satellites?

April 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Columns, Industry Insights, Mar-Apr

  By Philip Hattis, Ph.D., laboratory technical staff, Draper Laboratory (, Cambridge, Mass.   Imagine a world where low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite functions such as hurricane tracking, climate change and natural disaster monitoring or arms treaty verification were no longer viable. That could happen if we don’t eliminate orbital debris, which includes dead satellites, [...]

U.S. Budget Battle Has Far-Reaching Consequences for Geospatial Industry

April 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Columns, Defense Watch, Mar-Apr

By Kevin D. Pomfret, executive director, Centre for Spatial Law and Policy (, Richmond, Va.   The defense industry has known since last year that the Department of Defense would need to make cutbacks. With deficits and debt becoming increasing concerns among voters, companies understood that the country’s fiscal position couldn’t sustain current levels of [...]