April 21, 2011
By André Doumitt, CEO of Geosemble Technologies (http://www.geosemble.com/), El Segundo, Calif. The Department of Homeland Security's all-encompassing mission is "to prevent and deter terrorist attacks, protect against and respond to threats and hazards to the nation, and secure our national borders". Such scope makes it clear that technology must play a central role in meeting that challenge. New sensing, monitoring,
April 9, 2011
By Dawn Eilenberger, director of the Office of International Affairs and Policy, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Bethesda, Md. Rapid access to unclassified imagery to support disaster response allows the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to provide planners and coordinators with comprehensive situational awareness when they need it the most. Commercial imagery plays a key role in
April 9, 2011
By Laurence Smallman, defense research analyst, RAND Corp. (www.rand.org), Arlington, Va. The recent killing of American hostages by Somali pirates perhaps has set aside any Robin Hood-like notions that some may have had about the intent, determination, and ruthlessness of modern pirates. Pirates, Somali or otherwise, are considered “enemies of all mankind” for good reason,
April 5, 2011
The most critical part of an ocean or sea in terms of a country’s economic prosperity is its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which basically is the area of water extending 200 nautical miles outward from a nation’s coastline. A host of economic activities, including fishing, oil production, shipping and tourism take place in an EEZ.
February 25, 2011
By Katherine G., Steve H., and Seana M., imagery scientists in the Office of Sciences and Methodologies, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Bethesda, Md. As rebuilding efforts and military operations continue in Iraq and Afghanistan, the demand for high-quality terrain data has increased steadily. To meet the demand, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has incorporated the
January 16, 2011
By Thomas A., a radar engineer in the Acquisition Engineering office, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Bethesda, Md. As the number of commercial space radar satellites continues to grow, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) analysts and scientists are beginning to use these systems to advance geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). For example, in December 2009, the agency awarded three
January 16, 2011
In this issue of Earth Imaging Journal, we wrap up the year with our annual display of intriguing images beginning on page 12. These images typify how Earth observation chronicles and supports significant global events. We also feature our annual Remote Sensing Market Guide (page 32), a comprehensive resource of companies and organizations that provide
January 13, 2011
Kojo Moe Inspires Factory Fanatics Chinese philosopher and teacher Confucius tells us, "Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." His sage counsel has taken root in unexpected fashion among thousands of Japanese Kojo Moe enthusiasts—those who have discovered sublime aesthetic value in the large-scale industrial facilities most of us view as blemishes on the landscape.