The agency I'm privileged to lead celebrates a major anniversary this fall. It's been a remarkable 20 years”from NIMA stand-up to NGA transition to the GEOINT Revolution. And I can proudly”and confidently”say that GEOINT is on the rise, more relevant than ever to our customers today and poised for a tomorrow that's filled with possibility.
Remote-Sensing Renaissance Leads the GEOINT Revolution
There's something incredibly powerful going on right now, something the USGIF refers to as the Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Revolution. It represents the synergy of remarkable advances happening simultaneously across multiple technology areas. When combined, this cooperative interaction fundamentally changes our individual and collective ability to deal with our construct of spatial thinking and awareness, altering our ability to apply space over time to a range of tasks, missions and disciplines in a way we hadn't imagined.
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.
Beware the False Narrative
Having spent most of my professional career in the Washington, D.C., area, I've learned some lessons about how the U.S. government works”or doesn't. One frustrating phenomenon is the false narrative: when a story at odds with reality is developed about a particular situation.
Transparency Is Challenging the Status Quo
More industry and academia collaboration, easier points of entry for a wider audience to interact in the agency's tradecraft and business practices, and initiatives creating a larger public conversation ” all signs welcoming outsiders to a state of greater transparency at NGA.
First Responders Use NGA Products During Nepal Earthquake Response
In a country such as Nepal, people aren't familiar with the concept of mapping, making imagery even more essential to relief efforts.
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...
Defense Watch: Taking an Agile Approach to Sustaining ¨NGA's Analytic Power
By Michaela Mesquite, Analysis Technology Executive Team, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Springfield, Va. When satellite imagery was novel and through the early years of geographic information system (GIS) computing, the predecessors to the...
Defense Watch: NGA Supports Ebola Crisis
By Paul Frommelt, Office of Corporate Communications, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Springfield, Va. In response to the needs of lead federal agencies and partners fighting the Ebola virus, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) on...
NGA Helps Execute U.S. Strategy at the Top of the World
By Jason Moll, Office of Corporate Communications, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Although the United States has had an interest in the Arctic since it purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, climate change has caused national leaders to develop new policies and strategies for the region. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has a key role in fulfilling the nation's Arctic strategies because of its mission and ability to understand the land, sea and human activity.