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March 31, 2016

Defining ‘First Principles’ of Geospatial Intelligence

In 2015, I developed and taught a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) and the Geospatial Revolution,” to help broaden the discipline. When I began outlining the course, I asked several in the community, “what should be the focus of the MOOC?” The common reply was “teach the principles.”

July 16, 2015

Defense Watch: Assessing the Role of Geospatial Intelligence in a Period of Rapid Climate Change

By Chris Crosiar, Office of Basic and Applied Research, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Springfield, Va. In my experience as a research and development scientist at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, I recall a time when the mention of climate change was so taboo, analysts could only reference “an environmental anomaly.” Times have changed. During the last

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

April 21, 2011

Technology Will Drive Tomorrow’s Homeland Security

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,

February 25, 2011

LiDAR Supplies High-Resolution Data to NGA

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