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February 6, 2013

From the Publisher

Can Geospatial Innovation Save the World? Despite the recent proliferation of brainy electronic gadgets, computers on steroids and robots that can perform better than humans, innovation in its broadest sense could be facing significant headwinds. From roughly the late 1800s to today, a 2 percent output-per-person annual growth rate has enabled America to enjoy a standard of living

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

Industry Overview

Dealing a Blow to Science What’s next? That’s what scientists around the globe, including many remote sensing professionals focused on Earth science, are wondering after theOct. 22, 2012, manslaughter convictions of six Italian scientists who had the unenviable job of determining whether a major earthquake was likely to occur in central Italy in the spring

December 11, 2012

U.S. Environmental Intelligence Efforts Need Leadership

U.S. Environmental Intelligence  Efforts Need Leadership By Nancy Colleton, president, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (http://strategies.org), Arlington, Va.   There’s nothing like a 70-mph wind gust to get your attention. It seems like only yesterday I found myself writing about the hottest July ever recorded in the United States and how it was impacting U.S.

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

Industry Overview

When a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Lives Fifty years ago, in October 1962, Soviet Union Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko sat in John F. Kennedy’s office, assuring the young American president that the buildup of Soviet-made missiles on the island nation of Cuba was purely a contribution to Cuba’s national defense capabilities. Gromyko went on to say that the “training by Soviet

October 4, 2012

Disaster Response Efforts Highlight the Value of Relationships

Disaster Response Efforts Highlight the Value of Relationships By M. Karen Walker, contractor, Office of Corporate Communications, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Bethesda, Md. The U.S. response toHaiti’s January 2010 earthquake in demonstrated the life-saving power of governmental, private-sector and nongovernmental organizations working together during disaster response. Thanks to an emerging group of organizations loosely called Volunteer Technical Communities (VTCs)—such as the International

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

Industry Overview

Earth Observation Faces Dire Straits The capacity to observe and study our planet from space faces serious challenges during the coming years. A host of aging satellites, along with several mainstay platforms that recently have failed, plus insufficient funding for future programs, are converging to form the perfect storm for a world of inadequate Earth

July 18, 2012

High-Resolution Satellite Imagery—Can Funding Keep Pace With Technology?

High-Resolution Satellite Imagery— Can Funding Keep Pace With Technology? By Ian Dowman, professor emeritus, University College London, and author of High-Resolution Optical Satellite Imagery, available from Whittles Publishing (www.whittlespublishing.com) and in North America from CRC Press (www.crcpress.com).   The acquisition of high-resolution images from satellites has developed at a rapid pace since GeoEye launched Ikonos

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