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Defense Watch

September 15, 2014

Common, Affordable Products Lead to 
Analytic Innovation

By Dale Lehner, Office of Corporate Communications, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Springfield, Va.   The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Advanced Visualization Branch, known as ASCSV, is taking imagery to new heights of usefulness with commonly used off-the-shelf software. The branch uses advanced geospatial and 3-D modeling tools to perform precise measurements, feature extraction and high-resolution

July 21, 2014

NGA’s Long Touts GEOINT Immersion

By Jacquelyn Karpovich, Office of  Corporate Communications, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Springfield, Va.   According to National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Director Letitia A. Long, the agency’s transformation from a static product provider into a dynamic resource for geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) services is happening in a variety of ways. During a speech at the U.S. Geospatial

April 9, 2014

Tracing GEOINT’s Evolution

By S. Eugene Poteat, president, Association of Former Intelligence Officers (www.afio.com), Falls Church, Va. From its early beginnings, technology has been the common thread that has advanced geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) to where it is today. The CIA’s U-2 photoreconnaissance airplane was shot down on May Day, 1960, over the Soviet Union, ending its four-year career.

March 19, 2013

Harnessing Data to Streamline GEOINT Analysis

By Rosemary Heiss, Office of Corporate Communications, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Springfield, Va.   More than 90 percent of the stored data in the world has been created in the last two years, according to a recent Financial Times article on big data. About 2.5 exabytes—1 billion gigabytes—of data are created every day, which is

February 6, 2013

Modeling the Future of GEOINT

By Laura Lundin, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Office of Geospatial Intelligence Management, Springfield, Va.   For many organizations, shrinking budgets and constrained resources mean slashing existing programs and limiting future investments. But how do decision makers determine where to cut and where to invest while limiting risks often associated with new technologies and aging legacy systems? For the

December 11, 2012

Director Long Apprises Strides Toward “Tomorrow’s NGA Today”

By Ken White, Office of Corporate Communications, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Bethesda, Md. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Letitia A. Long outlined the agency’s three-way transformation of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) during the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s GEOINT 2012 Symposium in Orlando, Fla.,Oct. 9, 2012. Long took the stage amid applause from thousands of attendees, following a

October 4, 2012

Making Geospatial Intelligence More Accessible

By George Demmy , chief technical officer and co-founder, TerraGo Technologies (www.terragotech.com), Atlanta.   As the defense and intelligence communities convene for this year’s GEOINT Symposium, the geospatial industry, which occupies an increasingly important role within the community, is diligently working to help its customers and partners fulfill their missions in the face of a

July 18, 2012

Appreciating Modern Scene Visualization and 3-D Analysis

By Jay D. Krasnow, Office of Integrated Analytic Services, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Springfield, Va. From Osama bin Laden’s fortress to the damage caused by the tsunami at Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, scene visualization helps National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) partners obtain situational awareness of unfamiliar terrain and develop threat analyses in 3-D and even

January 17, 2012

Ground Truth: Empowering the Warfighter with GEOINT

By Army Capt. Edward Major, formerly executive officer to the director of military support staff, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Bethesda, Md. Simply put, the “where” is what ties everything together. Geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) helps provide the all-important context and depth to other intelligence disciplines. Only when fused together is the power of imagery intelligence, signals

December 2, 2011

GEOINT: A System-of-Systems Approach

By Michael Hales, technical executive, International Group, Office of International Affairs and Policy, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Bethesda, Md.   Imagine an architecture where 87 countries and 61 organizations pulled their Earth-observing resources and satellites together to share data and expertise to support decision making. Imagine if these partners worked together to develop a common

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