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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

June 11, 2012

Looming Budget Cuts

Litigation is the basic legal right that guarantees every corporation its decade in court. —David Porter, American Naval Officer, 1813-1891   The future of U.S. government agreements to purchase commercial optical satellite imagery is in limbo, and the natives are growing restless. OnMay 4, 2012, GeoEyeCEOMatt O’Connell hurled a shot across DigitalGlobe’s bow with an

June 11, 2012

Landsat Has Many Fans, But Needs

By Marcia S. Smith, editor, SpacePolicyOnline.com.   The Landsat land remote sensing satellite program is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary onJuly 23, 2012. While users remain enthusiastic about current Landsat data and the long-term data set enabled by continuous operation of similar instruments over four decades, the program's future is cloudy. Marcia McNutt, director

June 11, 2012

NGA’s Self-Service POD Improves

By Bob Hicks, technical executive, Office of the Americas, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Springfield, Va.   The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Point of Distribution (POD) gives customers on-demand access to NGA’s homeland security commercial airborne imagery online—a fitting example of self-service NGA data. NGA analysts and domestic partners, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency

April 12, 2012

Geospatial Technologies Key Components of Homeland Security

I n his book “Winning Modern Wars,” retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark writes, “Defeating terrorism is more difficult and far-reaching than we have assumed. ... We may be advancing the ball down the field at will, running over our opponent’s defenses, but winning the game is another matter altogether.” The “field” described by Clark

April 12, 2012

Can Increasing Orbital Debris Hazards Ground LEO Satellites?

  By Philip Hattis, Ph.D., laboratory technical staff, Draper Laboratory (www.draper.com), Cambridge, Mass.   Imagine a world where low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite functions such as hurricane tracking, climate change and natural disaster monitoring or arms treaty verification were no longer viable. That could happen if we don’t eliminate orbital debris, which includes dead satellites,

April 12, 2012

U.S. Budget Battle Has Far-Reaching Consequences for Geospatial Industry

By Kevin D. Pomfret, executive director, Centre for Spatial Law and Policy (www.spatiallaw.com), Richmond, Va.   The defense industry has known since last year that the Department of Defense would need to make cutbacks. With deficits and debt becoming increasing concerns among voters, companies understood that the country’s fiscal position couldn’t sustain current levels of

January 17, 2012

What to Watch in 2012

We’re pleased to present our annual State of the Industry report. Once again, our Editorial Advisory Board members have done a great job of identifying the most significant forces impacting the remote sensing industry, as well as key challenges and potential solutions. In addition, the following topics are of interest as 2012 unfolds. Prioritizing Disaster Planning and Response Led

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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